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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Judge refuses to let Colombo family prince out on bail during appeal

A Brooklyn federal judge isn't cutting the son of a notorious mob boss any slack.
A month after Judge Dora Irizarry hit Michael Persico with a five-year sentence for his loansharking conviction — exceeding the approximately three years suggested by federal guidelines — the Daily News learned she’s refused to let Persico stay out on bail during his appeal.
The judge said Persico, 60, has to show up at prison on Oct. 20 — which could make for a family reunion on the inside.
Persico’s 84-year-old pops, Colombo boss Carmine "The Snake" Persico, is locked up on a 139-year sentence.
Meanwhile, Persico’s brother, Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico, the onetime acting boss, is serving a life term.
Prosecutors opposed Persico’s efforts to stay out pending his appeal. He’s been out on $5 million bond since 2010, court records show.
When Irizarry tossed Persico’s bail bid last week, part of her reasoning was that Persico “poses a danger to the community.”
Persico’s conviction for extortion qualified as a “crime of violence,” the judge noted.
Secondly, Irizarry said Persico’s role in uncharged crimes — top among them his connection to a 1993 whack in a bloody power struggle within the crime family.
In the run-up to sentencing, a Colombo turncoat said Persico helped with weapons and told him that someone had a lead on mob underboss Joseph Scopo’s whereabouts.
In July, when Irizarry sentenced Persico for his 2012 guilty plea, she said the slaying of 47-year-old Scopo was “part of protecting your family and your family’s role with the Colombo crime family.”
Irizarry also noted the rubout in her recent decision.
She said the court concluded that Persico, in addition to the loansharking, “directed the commission of and participated in a murder.”
A lawyer for Persico could not be immediately reached for comment.
Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico is locked up at a medium security federal correctional institution in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania. Carmine "The Snake" Persico is housed at a medium security federal correctional institution in Butner, North Carolina.



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