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Friday, March 6, 2015

Big Ang from Mob Wives cousin convicted of gun charges

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A cousin of “Mob Wives” star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola who has been lauded by a judge for saving a suicidal fellow inmate was convicted of gun charges on Staten Island Thursday.

Luigi Grasso, aka Ronnie Petrino, was tried and convicted on four weapons possessions counts in Staten Island Supreme Court, District Attorney Daniel Donovan said.

Grasso, 47, had a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol in his home when a warrant was executed in Nov. 2011 and a TEC DC-9 assault weapon was found in a rented storage garage, prosecutors said.

He was convicted in a bench verdict after a six-day trial and faces up to 15 years behind bars on the top count at his sentencing on March 18.

Grasso is also currently serving a 38-year federal prison sentence for his role in a fatal robbery, after Hector Pagan, Jr., the ex-husband of Ang’s co-star Renee Graziano and the gunman in the crime, cut a deal with prosecutors and testified against his accomplices, including Grasso.

The legal drama was discussed in recent episodes of the reality show by his busty bar owner cousin who showed up at his federal sentencing in August.

“My cousin did do something wrong — trying to do a robbery — but he might be facing more time than Junior, the rat that killed the guy,” Raiola griped on the show.

Grasso is a cousin of 'Mob Wives' star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola (pictured).

Grasso is still facing unrelated gun charges in Manhattan Supreme Court, where he was praised by a judge on Oct. 7 for helping to save the life of a distressed inmate in the courthouse pens.

The man had fashioned a noose out of an oversized T-shirt and was hanging from the top bar in the holding area and Grasso lifted the man’s neck off the noose and helped to bring him down, sources said.

“I’d seen this guy dangling from the ceiling and he was there for a while. I grabbed him and I untied him,” Grasso told the Daily News last month.

Grasso’s gun case in Manhattan is still pending. He’s due in court on Monday to face those charges.

Lawyer Mark Fonte said Judge William Garnett had dismissed six counts against Grasso along with his guilty verdict on the others.

“My opinion is that he will not do one extra day in jail because he’s already serving a 38-year sentence and this was an absolute waste of time and taxpayer dollars,” Fonte said.



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