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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Famous mob lawyer and a federal judge found themselves on murder list

Joseph Romano, allegedly angered by his lengthy 15-year sentence, allegedly hatched a plot to kill and decapitate two attorneys and the judge in his case.

Romano's lawyer Charles Carnesi was added to his hit list, which was revealed last fall.

Judge Joseph Bianco, who presided over Romano's case, was allegedly on Romano's list of enemies he wanted killed and decapitated.

Federal authorities also revealed that U.S. Attorney Lara Gatz was on Romano's revenge list.
A convicted con man behind the vengeful plot to kill and decapitate a federal judge and a prosecutor had another intended victim — his famed mob lawyer, the Daily News has learned.

After Joseph Romano was charged in the grisly scheme last fall, the feds revealed the targets were Judge Joseph Bianco and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Gatz.

But Romano’s accomplice told the FBI that defense lawyer Charles Carnesi was also a target of Romano’s murderous rage after he was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Bianco for a boiler-room scheme.

Romano was “crazy mad” at the lengthy sentence and told accomplice Dejvid Mirkovic that he wanted to “get rid of the judge, the prosecutor and his attorney,” according to an FBI report obtained by The News.

Bianco presided over the case in Long Island Federal Court and Gatz was the prosecutor.

Romano pleaded guilty but was apparently shocked by the heavy sentence. He may have had a grudge against Carnesi who he reportedly paid $300,000 for legal services, according to the FBI report.

Carnesi said Wednesday he was never informed that Romano wanted to harm him and declined further comment. Romano has a new lawyer in the assassinations case scheduled for trial in Brooklyn Federal Court in May.

Carnesi defended former Gambino boss John A. "Junior" Gotti in three trials that ended in hung juries and has represented a gaggle of gangsters over the years. During the investigation, the judge and the prosecutor were provided with protection by the U.S. Marshal Service.

Mirkovic is pleading guilty next week, according to court records.

The hit men recruited and paid by Mirkovic to carry out the killings turned out to be an undercover agent. Romano told them they would be paid extra if they stored the heads of Bianco and Gatz in formaldehyde as “souvenirs” until he was sprung from prison.

Romano confessed to the plot after he was arrested, telling the FBI that he was only kidding about preserving the heads in formaldehyde.



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