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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Son of Colombo family boss is slammed with five year sentence for loansharking and links to murder during mafia war

Michael Persico was slapped with a five-year prison sentence. 
The son of a mob boss will be getting an extended prison stay after a Brooklyn federal judge went beyond the sentence length that even prosecutors were seeking.

Federal guidelines said Michael Persico, the son of Colombo boss Carmine "The Snake" Persico, deserved about three years for his 2012 loansharking plea, but Judge Dora Irizarry slammed the scion Friday with a five-year sentence.

Irizarry also factored in uncharged acts, like Persico’s link to the 1993 murder of Joseph Scopo during a power struggle inside the Colombo family.

An acting Colombo capo-turned-informant said Persico helped with weapons for the hit and told him someone knew where to find Scopo.

Scopo’s murder was “part of protecting your family and your family’s role with the Colombo crime family,” Irizarry told Persico, sitting stoically in the courtroom.

Irizarry said prosecutors proved Persico’s role in the rubout by “more than a preponderance of the evidence” as well as other criminal acts, like buying and selling stolen handheld video games.

Persico had a chance to address the court before sentencing, but he chose not to.

It’ll be a family affair behind bars.

Carmine Persico, 83, is serving 139-year sentence.

Carmine Persico, 83, was convicted in the famous mid-’80s Manhattan federal “commission” trial, which convicted three of the five crime family bosses in one fell swoop. Papa Persico’s serving a 139-year-old sentence.

Persico, 60, will also join his 63-year-old brother, Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico, the onetime acting boss who’s serving a life sentence.

Persico’s friends and family submitted almost 200 letters in support. One of those missives came from Persico’s 80-year-old mother, Joyce, who wrote, “I am getting older and need my son around.”

The letters “speak volumes” about Persico’s family life, help to the community and ability to stay on the straight and narrow, said lawyer Maurice Sercarz.

Irizarry said said she didn’t doubt the sincerity of Persico’s family and friends who spoke up for him. Some wiped away tears when they heard the stiff sentence.

Still, Irizarry said she’d seen people come through the courthouse living two lives — “like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” There was the upstanding side and then there was “criminal conduct the family can’t even fathom.”

Sercarz declined to comment outside the courtroom.



  1. Our legal system is disgraceful. How a judge can penalize you for acts not proven to a jury or admitted to by a defendant is against everything the constitution stands for.

    1. Same remote the guy that got 20 years for selling pills that were his because they think he killed that other guy also look at oj he got slammed because he was found not guilty.

    2. It happens to black people all the time

    3. Anonymous2 BF GUerra?? Spencer Hamilton youre right too

  2. I don't support judges arbitrarily adding time to people's sentences for personal reasons but lets not throw the Race Card just yet. Thats a complete cop out. Everyone knew OJ was guilty as sin and thats just a fact. He is about to get out on Parole I believe so he still got away with double murder. Many whites have the book thrown at them by judges just so they don't appear racist which is a sad fact. This whole PC walking on eggshells mentally is actually fueling racism and resentment between cultures.. No body can take a fucking joke anymore and everyone is scared. No one race wins in this fake pretending to all love each other land of make believe thats being forced upon us. Blue collar people of all races generally get along until Politics is forced into things by government do gooders.

  3. Nothing but bad luck for those poor persicos, keep your head up Pers!