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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bonanno mobster Skinny Santoro denied parole

An alleged Staten Island mobster with ties to the Bonanno crime family was denied parole earlier this month, according to a law enforcement source.
Anthony "Skinny" Santoro, who recently pleaded guilty to attempted enterprise corruption, is next eligible for parole in December 2018, said the source.
In April, the Great Kills man was sentenced to four to eight years in prison, but since he has been incarcerated since his July 2013 arrest, he became eligible for parole on July 3.
As part of his plea, he has also waived an appeal and will pay approximately $45,900 in forfeiture.
"I did what I did. I took responsibility for what I did," Santoro told the judge during his sentencing April in Manhattan Supreme Court. "I want to get on with my life, what's left of it."
Santoro and his co-defendants -- Vito Badamo, Nicholas Santora and Ernest Aiello -- were accused of enterprise corruption, including loansharking, gambling and drug dealing, after authorities reportedly busted an alleged Bonanno nine-man crew in July 2013.
The quartet was also charged with attempted grand larceny in the second degree, while Santoro, Badamo and Santora were facing an additional charge of first-degree criminal usury.
Badamo and Aiello have also pleaded guilty, while Santora's case is still pending, according to the source. He is due back in court Sept. 15.
The defendants were on trial for three months in Manhattan Supreme Court last year, but it ended in a mistrial due to juror dissonance.
After one of the jurors was dismissed from the panel and another asked off the panel before Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer declared a mistrial.
Prosecutors said Santoro was a key player in the Bonanno family's gambling operation, allegedly setting the prices for drugs and deciding on opening and freezing gambling accounts.
The bulk of the state's case against him was the information intercepted from a series of wiretap calls, which implicate him using mob slang referring to illegal drug and gambling activities.
Santoro still has a pending federal case after pleading guilty to operating an illegal gambling business as part of a local Bonanno crime crew in Connecticut. In 2013, he was sentenced to eight months and arrested in the Manhattan case before he could serve that time.



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