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Friday, June 5, 2020

Killer of Gambino mobster deemed unfit to stand trial

Alleged mob-boss killer Anthony Comello has been deemed mentally unfit for trial.
Prosecutors and the defense confirmed the recent findings during a remote conference on Wednesday in state Supreme Court, St. George.
In general, a determination of mental incompetence means the defendant can’t aid in his defense and doesn’t understand the charges against him.
Justice William E. Garnett ordered Comello, 25, transferred to a state Office of Mental Health facility for further evaluation, said Mario Romano, Comello’s new lawyer.
A court update is scheduled for July 13. A trial date has not been set.
Romano declined further comment.
In past cases, sources have said it is not unusual for defendants initially deemed unfit to be able to participate in the case after further evaluation.
Prosecutors allege Comello, 25, fatally shot Gambino crime family boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, outside Cali’s Hilltop Terrace home on March 13, 2019.
The Eltingville resident is charged with murder and criminal weapon possession.
Authorities have not publicly commented on a possible motive.
In court papers, Robert Gottlieb, Comello’s former lawyer, contends the defendant was deluded by conspiracy theories and was defending himself when he shot the victim.
Comello drove to Cali’s house to affect a citizen’s arrest on the mob boss, maintains the defense’s court filings.
Comello believed Cali “held a significant status in a worldwide criminal cabal bent on the destruction of American values and the American way of life,” a defense motion contends.
That alleged criminal conspiracy group is commonly referred to as the “Deep State.”
According to the motion, Comello planned to handcuff Cali and deliver him to the military.
The two men began arguing, and Comello “shot Cali in self-defense” when the victim made a “furtive action” with his hand, allege the defendant’s court filings.
In a videotaped interview with a detective after his arrest, Comello gave conflicting and sometimes bizarre accounts of the shooting during the course of the three-and-a-half-hour interrogation.
In fact, at the end of the February court conference, he launched into a strange, rambling 20-second monologue in which he said his phone had contained information on human sex trafficking and drug smuggling.
Then, in quick succession, Comello referenced Australia, Russia and Ukraine, as well as “Operation Mockingbird,” without further details.
The latter is an alleged large-scale CIA program dating to the 1950s which attempted to manipulate the news media for propaganda purposes.



  1. I think it was a setup I actually think somebody that knew somebody that knew somebody got paid off and he's faking the whole thing

  2. Cause he is crazy as sh**

  3. The Gambinos aren’t shit anymore this guy will die of old age in prison.