Joseph Galante, 49, was a member of the notorious Giannini Crew, based in a café on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood, when he helped get rid of the corpse of cocaine rip-off victim Thomas Sanjane whose throat was brutally cut in 1991.
Galante was hoping his later service on Team America would earn him a get out of jail card, but he resumed committing crimes and prosecutors tore up his cooperation agreement.
"The defendant committed one of the most heinous crimes you can conceive of committing," Assistant U.S. Attorney Shreve Ariail told Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis.
Although he faced 30 years to life in prison under sentencing guidelines, Garaufis gave him a break because of the extraordinary length of time he served as an informant and making secret recordings of mobsters from the Bonanno, Colombo and Genovese crime families.
"I want to apologize to the victim's family. It's haunted me for the last 25 years," Galante said in Brooklyn Federal Court.