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Monday, December 3, 2018

Judge says Tommy Shots is equally liable for prison ping pong injury

A portly Colombo mobster who sued the U.S. government after he broke his own kneecap playing prison ping-pong is equally liable in his own accident, a judge has ruled.
Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli is 50 percent at fault for his August 2013 slip at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn federal court judge Kiyo Matsumoto found Thursday following a bench trial.
The imprisoned mob boss slid in a puddle of water near the prison showers as he chased an errant ping pong ball during an evening game, he testified earlier this year.
But the aged wiseguy’s off-brand Crock slippers couldn’t handle the pooled liquid and he went down on one knee, cracking his own knee cap.
Matsumoto wrote that she found Gioeli equally at fault for his injury — because he played ping-pong at the table twice a week for exercise, and testified the pooled water was always there.
Yet the judge also noted the federal prison had been equally negligent in cleaning up the water and allowing it to repeatedly accumulate, which led to the accident. The area was also poorly lit, she concluded.
Gioeli was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2012 after a jury found him guilty of helping plot mob-related murders. Yet Gioeli still owes the feds $365,000 in restitution as part of his sentence — meaning any money he’s awarded would go toward that debt first.
He’s due back in court in January for the damages portion of his civil case.



  1. I read something about a new underboss was named in the Todaro crime family.

  2. Hey atleast we know the croks were off brand

  3. Yeah so that makes for a total of 5 members up in buffalo