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

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bonanno soldier Mike the Butcher cuts plea deal

The bumbling Bonanno crime family soldier who filled a Rolodex with phone numbers of his colorfully named mobster pals — including their ranks in the Mafia hierarchy — pleaded guilty yesterday to shaking down one of his loanshark clients.
Michael “Mike the Butcher” Virtuoso, who owns Graham Avenue Meats & Deli in Williamsburg, was at a routine hearing in Brooklyn federal court when he made his surprise decision to cop a plea to the single extortion conspiracy count.
His defense attorney, Joseph DiBenedetto, said Virtuoso now faces 2 1/2 years in prison under the terms of the plea deal when he is sentenced on Jan. 27.
Among the Rolodex entries agents found were handscrawled references to “Capo Lucchese” and the names “Johnny Sideburns Cerello” and “Glenn the Wheel Guadagno.”


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