Three reputed gangsters who attended the Bonanno crime family Christmas party at Bocelli restaurant in Grasmere were denied bail for going to the event, according to court papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
A federal judge ruled the three defendants — Joseph DeSimone, Ronald Giallanzo and Anthony Pipitone — violated the terms of their federal supervised release by going to reputed Bonanno crime family boss Joseph Cammarano Jr.'s party on Dec. 16, court papers state.
Cammarano has not been charged.
The defendants, papers say, were prohibited from associating with anyone involved in criminal activity and signed contracts to specifically not to associate with the Bonanno crime family.
Federal prosecutors said the defendants' attendance at the six-hour party was mandatory.
The NYPD and FBI, court filings say, collected surveillance evidence, video recordings and photographs showing Giallanzo, De Simone and Pipitone regularly met with members of the crime family and resumed their leadership positions in the organization.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who has presided over many prosecutions of Bonanno mobsters, wasn't surprised by the events, according to the Daily News.
"In the words of the great Yogi Berra, it's déjà vu all over again," Garaufis said in Daily News article. "And that's all I'm going to say about that, in the words of Forrest Gump."