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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Cousin of Big Ang from Mob Wives gets an additional 20 years to life for weapons transport


Luigi Grasso, aka Ronnie Petrino, was issued a hefty sentence for transporting a cache of weapons and other potential robbery tools in a shady fashion in 2012.
A cousin of late "Mob Wives" star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola was sentenced to 20 years to life in his Manhattan weapons case Wednesday.

Luigi Grasso, aka Ronnie Petrino, was issued a hefty sentence for transporting a cache of weapons and other potential robbery tools in a shady fashion in 2012, although it will run concurrently with the 38-year federal prison term he’s already serving in another case.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Biben, who presided over Grasso's trial last year, said that "extended incarceration and the lifetime supervision are warranted to protect the public interest."

Another one of Grasso's cases was the subject of a story line on the VH1 reality show.

Grasso, 48, was convicted in Brooklyn in 2014 for his role in a fatal robbery.

During that trial, one episode depicts Raiola on camera railing against Junior "Hector" Pagan, the ex-husband of her explosive co-star Renee Graziano.

Another one of Grasso's cases was the subject of a story line on the VH1 reality show, which starred the late Angela "Big Ang" Raiola.

Pagan, who cooperated against Grasso and their affiliate to get a reduced sentence, was established as the gunman but was getting a sweet deal for "ratting out" his accomplices.

"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 said in front of Brooklyn Federal Court on the show.

Grasso is also serving time in Staten Island for a weapons case. Grasso's lawyer, Alex Grosshtern, said his client would appeal his conviction.

Raiola, a larger-than-life personality who owned a bar in Staten Island, died on Feb. 18 after a battle with lung and brain cancer.

In October 2014, Grasso was praised by a different judge for helping to save a suicidal inmate in a holding area at the 111 Centre St. courthouse before one of his own court appearances.

The man was hanging and Grasso untangled him from a noose and got him down.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/big-ang-cousin-20-to-life-sentence-weapons-case-article-1.2558689


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