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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bonanno captain admits slashing restaurant owner with cocktail glass

A reputed mobster from Tottenville who's got two federal prison stints under this belt, will add a New York state sentence to that tally, after admitting Thursday he badly slashed another man with a glass 14 months ago in a Richmond Valley sushi lounge.
Peter Lovaglio, 55, pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court, St. George, to first-degree assault. It was the top charge against the alleged member of the Bonanno crime family, stemming from the Nov. 1, 2015 attack inside Takayama Sushi Lounge on Page Avenue.
The defendant, who goes by the moniker "Pug," struck the owner of the upscale restaurant in the face with a cocktail glass around 2:30 a.m., cutting his cheek and left eye, a law enforcement source said.
The 52-year-old victim was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, where he underwent several surgeries on his face and severely-damaged eye.
An NYPD spokeswoman could not say what may have prompted the assault; however, DNAinfo New York reported that Lovaglio had gotten into an argument with someone at the restaurant earlier in the evening.
In exchange for his plea, Lovaglio's sentence will be capped at eight years in prison. He could get less time, and his lawyer Patrick V. Parrotta is expected to seek a sentence as low as five years.
Lovaglio will also be sentenced on March 10 to five years' post-release supervision.
The defendant, who was garbed in gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants, did not make a statement beyond admitting guilt and responding "Yes" and "No" to Justice William E. Garnett's questions.
Prosecutors told the court the plea offer had been discussed with the victim.
Parrotta declined comment outside court.
Lovaglio, meanwhile, has a case pending in Criminal Court.
It pertains to an early-morning arrest in Mariners Harbor on Aug 20 of last year, in which he's accused of misdemeanor counts of aggravated driving without a license and criminal weapon possession.
Lovaglio has served two prior federal prison sentences.
In 2002, he pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to securities fraud and was sentenced to 41 months behind bars and ordered to pay restitution of more than $700,000, according to Advance reports and online federal court records.
In 2006, he was sentenced in an unrelated case in Brooklyn federal court to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty to collecting credit by extortion, those records show.



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