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Friday, June 22, 2012

Judge denies bail request for Tommy Shots

Tommy Shots’ luck may have run out after a Brooklyn judge shot down his request Friday to be released on bail — and suggested the mob boss may die behind bars.
Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli, 59, who once ran the Colombo crime family, stunningly beat the rap last month on six gangland murders, including the death of a city cop. But Gioeli is still facing 20 years in prison for racketeering counts.
Gioeli sought a taste of freedom before getting shipped to the Big House in three months by citing a string of medical ailments, including diabetes and high blood pressure, and contending he has been treated improperly at his current detention center.
To win that argument, Gioeli had to show that he’s not a flight risk, demonstrate that he poses no danger to the community and prove that “exceptional reasons” exist to justify bail.
Instead, he completely struck out: “I don’t think he met the burden on any of those,” Judge Brian Cogan said during a brief hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court. “He’s facing a sentence that could put him in jail for the rest of his life.”
The judge added that he hopes Gioeli won’t meet his maker in prison.
Tommy Shots’ wife and daughters shook their heads in disappointment as the ruling was declared. On the other side of the gallery, relatives of Carmine "The Gorilla" Gargano, whose grisly death was recounted during Gioeli’s trial, deliberately clapped in the Gioeli’s direction, eliciting icy stares.


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