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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Prosecutors say son of deceased Genovese boss should get two years in prison

The son of infamous bathrobe-wearing crime boss Vincent “The Chin” Gigante should serve no less than two years in prison for extorting a labor union official, Manhattan prosecutors argued in a new filing.
The recommendation that Vincent Esposito serve somewhere between 24 and 30 months behind bars is part of a plea deal he copped in April.
The 51-year-old, the son of late Genovese boss Gigante and his longtime mistress Olympia Esposito, pleaded guilty to a rackeetering conspiracy charge for his role in the crime family’s 16-year shakedown scheme.
He also agreed to forfeit $3.8 million — which prosecutors say he’s now trying to use in a bid for leniency ahead of his sentencing, which is scheduled for Friday but may be postponed.
“Esposito essentially seeks to buy his way out of a prison sentence,” they wrote in court documents filed Monday in Manhattan federal court. “Esposito must be judged by this Court for his own conduct, without regard to his payment of forfeiture.”
The feds also accuse Esposito of painting himself as the victim — and filing “self-serving” motions and bail applications to “downplay the severity of his offense.”
He’s been under house arrest at his “multi-million dollar Upper East Side townhouse, in the company and care of his mothers and sisters” pending sentencing, which he’s claimed should be punishment enough for his crimes, prosecutors said.
“Living in one’s own home, surrounded by loved ones, can hardly qualify as just punishment for these offenses, particularly given the means available to Esposito,” they said.
The Probation Office, which makes its own sentencing recommendations, suggested a sentence of 18 months, noting that Esposito has no prior criminal history and an “enlarged aorta.”
But the feds disagreed, saying his criminal conduct lasted well over a decade and that the Federal Bureau of Prisons is more than capable of providing “appropriate medical care.”
The defense has yet to file its own recommendations.
Gigante was best known as the “Oddfather” for wearing a bathrobe and slippers on his jaunts through Greenwich Village — an act the feds claimed was meant to bolster his claims of mental illness.
He died in prison in 2005 at age 77.