Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Diabetic Colombo Mob boss Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli suffers stroke

A diabetic mob boss who has sparred with the feds over his junk-food habit suffered a stroke a day after failing to convince a judge his poor health earned him a get-out-of-jail card.
Reputed Colombo crime chief Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli complained of "dizziness, neck pain, weakness of his left leg and an inability to move his left arm" last Wednesday, prosecutor Elizabeth Geddes said.
He was rushed from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn to an unidentified hospital, where doctors diagnosed a stroke.
A source said Gioeli remained hospitalized yesterday. Although the stroke was characterized as "minor," he suffered some facial paralysis.
Gioeli, who also has a heart condition, fell ill a day after appearing before Brooklyn Federal Judge Brian Cogan to ask for bail because of deteriorating health. The judge denied the application.
The stroke has apparently led jail officials to drop their objection to giving Gioeli a glucometer so he can monitor his blood-glucose levels in his cell.
Defense attorney Adam Perlmutter refused to comment on the gangster's condition.
He has done plenty of complaining in the past about his client's dental problems, the jail's failure to keep Gioeli's prescriptions filled and allegations he's not getting proper food for a diabetic.
Prosecutors fired back with copies of Gioeli's commissary purchases - doughnut sticks, Hershey bars, potato chips, macaroni and cheese and Spam.
"He has tried to maintain a proper diet," Perlmutter insisted at a Feb. 2 court appearance.
Gioeli is awaiting trial on racketeering and murder charges.
The U.S. attorney general will decide soon whether to seek the death penalty against the mob boss.



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