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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Son of Colombo boss rallies community support after prison sentence

https://nyppagesix.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/170801-michael-persico-feature-copy.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1033Michael Persico (L) a mob boss sentenced to fiver years and 3 years of probation leave  Brooklyn Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York
The arts community in Saugerties, NY, has rallied in support of Carmine “the Snake” Persico’s son Michael Persico, who was just sentenced to five years in prison.
Michael, 60, is beloved in the Catskills town — where his Brooklyn-based family has owned property for 40 years — for donating a building as a visitors center, providing space for art shows and hosting Chamber of Commerce mixers on his 54-acre estate.
“Michael Persico is kind of a hero up here,” Jennifer Dragon, of the Cross Contemporary Art gallery, told me. “He was instrumental in turning this town around. He bought buildings, fixed them up and created housing.”
Jen Hicks, who owns two commercial buildings, said, “He’s an enormous patron of the arts, and he’s done a lot for the village.”
Carmine, 83, the onetime head of the Colombo crime family, is serving a 100-year sentence on racketeering charges. Michael’s brother Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico, 63, is serving a life sentence.
Michael copped a plea to a single count of “extortionate extension of credit” in 2012, expecting a sentence of three to four years.
Instead, despite 200 letters in support of leniency, Chief Judge Dora Irizarry gave him five years in Brooklyn federal court.
“To us it doesn’t seem fair, they’re making him pay for the sins of his father and his brother,” Dragon said.
Several people shed tears when the stiff sentence was handed down. Dragon said, “All of us are like, ‘No! You can’t do that to Mike.’ ”



  1. I don't believe for a single moment that Michael Persico is totally innocent. The media also likes to play up the idea that he is an associate and was never formally inducted. That may technically be true but being a Persico son is as good as being made anyway. He is definitely not just some hang around flunky associate regardless of his official status as non formally Made. All that being said I also dont get the impression that he is some Mad Dog Gangster or Stone Killer like many of the Columbos are. The judge simply adding a few years to his sentence sets a very bad precedent. Especially with all the other negative press the Feds have been getting regarding their dubious tactics and handling of informants. The FOIA has shed light on a long history of the FBI and US Attorneys using illegal and cutthroat tactics to put Mobsters away plus plenty of other scandalous behavior during the 60's. Illegal wiretapping, disseminating false information to instigate violence between Mafia Families. Planting bombs at Old Man Bonnano's house in Tucson. These are all events that hve been exposed legally. Not just Conspiracy Theory nonsense. I'm no Fanboy of Mobsters and Criminals but the Government is meant to be held to a higher standard and not resort to Thuggery just to win cases. Jurors are finding it more difficult to believe some of these Agents as well as their serial killer informants who sometimes are far worse then the guys getting convicted. The Feds need to seriously tighten up their act and fly straight if they want to remain credible in court especially. Adding two years to this guys sentence just because the Judge thinks he is guilty of other things looks bad and is totally unprofessional. Sorry for the long winded tirade.

    1. Ed what are you doing on here haha. Dont tell me you write this blog as well?? Either way its good to hear from you. Puffdaugherty

  2. This guy looks like a doctor. Dr. Persico u father should have taken his money and invested it into med school for his kids instead of fed school