Anthony Basile, a member of the Bonanno crime family, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 1992 rubout of a newspaper delivery foreman the mob feared would talk to authorities.
A federal judge denounced Hollywood’s glorification of the Mafia as he sentenced a mob rat to 12 years in prison for participating in the 1992 rubout of a New York Post delivery foreman.
The foreman, Robert Perrino, was whacked for fear he would cooperate with authorities probing mob activity at the paper.
The feds charged that Perrino was lured to a Brooklyn social club, where he was shot in the head and stabbed in the ear with an ice pick.
His remains weren’t found until 2004.
“There is absolute nothing in ‘The Godfather,’ in ‘Goodfellas,’ or in ‘Donnie Brasco’ that should be deemed an allure,” said Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis. “It is the most sordid level of behavior which should be rejected.”
Prosecutors were asking the judge to sentence Bonanno associate Anthony Basile, 45, to life in prison for the Perrino murder with no credit for his two attempts at snitching.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis blasted Hollywood glorification of the mob in movies such as 'The Godfather' and 'Goodfellas,' calling it 'the most sordid level of behavior.'
Basile had tried to cut a deal after he and Bonanno soldier Baldassare "Baldo" Amato were convicted of Perrino's murder at trial in 2006.
The feds ripped up cooperation agreements after Basile was caught lying to the FBI and misbehaving in prison.
But defense lawyer Morris Fodeman convinced the judge to consider some helpful information his client had provided and the danger he will face for the rest of his life for ratting.
With credit for good time, Basile will be a free man in 13 months.
“I promise you I won’t let you down,” Basile, 45, vowed to the judge.