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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bronx jury convicts gangster of botched hit

Amid extra security, a skittish jury today convicted a reputed gangster of a botched mob hit 12 years ago in a Bronx tavern.
Jurors said Joseph Meldish, 54, was guilty of gunning down Joey Brown in Frenchy’s Tavern in Throggs Neck in 1999, although prosecutors said he was probably targeting the victim’s brother, Thomas, who had a long-running feud with the gunman.
Cops have said they think Meldish and his accomplice, Kimberly Hanzlick, 45, meant to retaliate against Thomas Brown after Meldish was arrested on robbery charges.
Hanzlick was convicted of helping Meldish carry out the mistaken-identity murder.
Meldish — a reputed member of the Purple Gang, a drug-dealing group tied to the Gennovese, Lucchese and Bonanno crime families – will be sentenced May 9.
A wall of security officers stood between Meldish and his family and friends who were there to support him. Days earlier, Judge Troy Webber denied a request for a mistrial amid jurors’ concern that "family" would be present for an open court read-back of key testimony.


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