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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bonanno captain Nicky Mouth rejects plea deal

A reputed Bonanno capo facing trial for peddling illegal Viagra, says he’s not willing to do a stiff prison term.

Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora turned down a plea deal for 7-to-21 years prison Wednesday in exchange for copping to a top count of enterprise corruption. The offer shaves about a year off the minimum term he’d face if convicted at trial on that charge.

Santora and eight associates were busted last August for a variety of mob staple rackets. They each face a maximum of 25 years behind bars for their alleged roles in criminal activities including loansharking and drug dealing — for illegally selling prescription erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra and Cialis — as well as perjury and possession of firearms.

Santora, 71, who inspired the character played by the late Bruno Kirby in the 1997 film “Donnie Brasco,” didn’t like the deal, said his defense lawyer Michael Alber.

“There’s absolutely no way he’s taking that disposition. He’s not involved in enterprise corruption,” he said. “The prosecution is seeking to link people some who don’t even recognize each other except when they come to court.”

From left: Vito Badamo, Ernest Aiello, Anthony Santoro and Nicholas Santora in court.Photo: David McGlynn

Prosecutors also offered Anthony “Skinny” Santoro 9-to-18 years behind bars, the longest term after Santora, which his lawyer also said he wouldn’t accept.

“It’s ridiculous, it was a non-violent gambling offense,” said Santoro’s attorney Tim Parlatore.

The frail-looking Santora has remained behind bars since Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Melissa Jackson set bond at $1 million.



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