A Brooklyn judge has rejected Bonanno associate Ronald "Monkey Man" Filocomo’s bid for compassionate release from prison.
Filocomo admitted whacking capo Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano in 1981 as retribution for introducing FBI undercover agent “Donnie Brasco” into the crime family, and pleaded guilty to racketeering for which he’s serving a 20-year sentence.
On the set of "Donnie Brasco" on Mulberry Street in Manhattan, NY is (left to right) Johnny Depp, Al Pacino.
Filocomo, 66, has just four years to go before he’s sprung, but wrote to Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis requesting an early release because he has a litany of medical problems, though none of them are life-threatening.
The mobster — who couldn’t become a made member because he was a former correction officer before hooking up with the Bonannos — even sent the judge a résumé of classes he’s completed behind bars, including seesions on “alternatives to violence,” “business etiquette” and “criminal thinking errors.”
“Mr. Filocomo asserts the fact he is a well-liked prisoner amongst inmates and staff, always friendly and willing to help others,” the mobster wrote in the third person from a Miami federal prison.
But the judge ruled that any request for early release must come from the prison warden, not just the inmate.
The Sonny Black hit went down in the basement of Filocomo’s parents’ home on Staten Island. The undercover investigation inspired the 1997 hit “Donnie Brasco,” with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.