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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Guilty plea put off for Colombo's Ralph DeLeo

A Massachusetts man who authorities say was a leading member of New York's Colombo crime family won a two-week postponement of his scheduled guilty plea after his lawyer cited health concerns.

Ralph DeLeo had a change-of-plea hearing scheduled in U.S. District Court in Boston on Tuesday, when he was expected to plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge.

DeLeo's lawyer, Tim Watkins, asked for a postponement, saying DeLeo's blood pressure was "very high" Tuesday. Watkins said the 68-year-old DeLeo has an ongoing problem with high blood pressure.

Judge Douglas Woodlock put off the hearing until May 8.

DeLeo, of Somerville, was indicted along with three others in Massachusetts in 2009. Prosecutors said he led a group known as the "DeLeo Crew" that sold cocaine and marijuana in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Florida and Arkansas.



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