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Monday, September 1, 2014

Man sentenced for robbing Gambino associate's home

A Connecticut man who prosecutors say claimed he had ties to the Patriarca crime family, was sentenced Wednesday for his role in a brazen home invasion on the home of a known mob associate.
Gennaro Miele, 62, of Niantic, Conn., was sentenced in Providence federal court to 41 months for the March 2010 robbery.
Court documents show the victim was 78-year-old Nicola Melia of Stamford, Conn., who prosecutors identified as “associate of the Gambino crime family.”
Miele pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy. U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., also ordered him to serve one year supervised release.
According to court documents Miele and two other men – Napoleon Andrade of Central Falls and Stephen Conti of Swansea, Mass. – drove to Melia’s home and posed as deliverymen. Andrade “football tackled” Melia who was then bound and blindfolded, according to court documents. The trio made off with roughly $216,000 in jewerly and cash.
Investigators said the men targeted Melia because of an ongoing dispute over a loan-sharking debt.
Prosecutors said as the home invasion was coming to an end “oddly, Melia related that he asked the robbers to leave him a few dollars so he could get a Starbucks coffee and they did so.”
It took three years and an unrelated drug case by Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to snare the men for the home invasion.
Andrade was picked up in a wiretapped conversation telling an informant: “Oh look, look, so I went with the Italians the other day, I did two home invasions, for 400 grand, right?”
“Yo the last dude I tied up a 77 year old man,” Andrade said on the wiretap. “I felt like [expletive] after.”
After their arrests, prosecutor said Miele attempted to intimidate one of his cohorts, accusing Conti of cooperating with investigators.
Conti was, and had a hidden recording device on him at the time.
“You’re not even supposed to talk to God, nobody … that’s the way you’re supposed to do it.” Miele said in the recording according to court documents. “That’s it … You understand? So we stay on the same page, that’s, that’s why, talk about rats.”
Investigators said Miele boasted he was an associate of the Patriarca crime family but that the claim appeared to be “overstated.”
One of his co-defendants said Miele was chosen for the job because of the ties he claimed to organized crime.
Federal prosecutor Gerard Sullivan from the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney’s office handled the case against Miele.
In 2011 Andrade was sentenced to 10 years for an unrelated drug trafficking case, which was enhanced by 63 months for the home invasion.
Conti has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for the home invasion and will be sentenced on September 26.
Melia – the victim of the home invasion – is currently serving five years in prison for extortion and possession of a firearm.



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