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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tommy Shots embarrassed Bronx baker who claimed he was an initiated Colombo mobster

JURORS IN A Colombo crime boss’ trial Thursday heard the never-before-told story of how Louie Cannoli got creamed.
The Bronx baker should consider himself lucky that he didn't end up the seventh DOA on crime boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli’s alleged hit parade of victims who crossed the crime family.
In what may be a fate worse than death for a mobster, though, Louie Cannoli got “de-pantsed” — humiliated — for his transgression, a turncoat witness testified at Gioeli’s trial.
“Cannoli,” whose legal name is Calogero Borgognone, was blabbing that he was a made member of the Colombo family when he was actually a mere mob associate, witness Reynold Maragni explained.
Gioeli summoned Borgognone to a sitdown at La Palina restaurant in Brooklyn sometime in 2007 where he dressed down the baker.
“(Gioeli’s) exact words were he was told to, ‘Go in the corner and stay there and don’t come out. I want you to behave.’ ”
“That’s enough to embarrass a man and de-pants him,” Maragni said, explaining that the rebuke was delivered in front of five Colombo made men.
Defense lawyer Sam Braverman, who represents co-defendant Dino Saracino, asked the witness what the penalty is for claiming you’re a goodfella when you’re not.
“It could range from a kick in the pants to whatever,” Maragni said.
Borgognone, who makes the pastries at his son’s restaurant Patricia’s on Morris Park Ave., could not be reached for comment.
But his son Alex Borgognone said, “I don’t even know what the Colombo family is, have a good day,” before hanging up.
Then Alex Borgognone called back to say: “I’m sure my father was never in any meetings at restaurants, and it’s coming from a witness that’s a rat.”
Maragni acknowledged that he has no personal knowledge of Gioeli’s involvement in gangland murders except for secretly taping soldier Vincent Manzo, who revealed Gioeli’s role in the 1999 rubout of underboss William "Wild Bill" Cutolo.


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