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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gambino rat is shocked as judge gives him 12 years for murder

He’s not that bad, mom wails.

A mobster who thought that turning rat would win him a pass for a 1996 murder got a big surprise at his sentencing yesterday: 12 years in the slammer.

Turncoat Gambino family associate David D’Arpino’s parents erupted in fury after Brooklyn federal Judge Sterling Johnson rejected his plea for five years’ time served.

D’Arpino’s mom tearfully complained that another murderous mob stoolie — John Alite, a former pal of mob scion John “Junior” Gotti — got less time, “and he killed more people.”

“It’s not right!” she wailed.

D’Arpino’s dad also bellowed, “The guy from ‘American Gangster’ got five years, and he killed hundreds of people!” in a reference to the former Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas. Lucas was convicted on drug charges in the 1970s, but was not charged with any murders.

Earlier, defense lawyer Sam Braverman argued that D’Arpino had done “honest penance” for the fatal shooting of drug dealer John Gebert by cooperating with the feds and called the five years that D’Arpino has been locked up since his arrest an “appropriate” punishment.

“He knows whenever he gets out there are people who will do him enormous harm, who will try to kill him,” Braverman added.

Prosecutor Evan Norris also said that D’Arpino’s “substantial” assistance helped the feds convict co-defendant John Burke, who was sentenced earlier this year to life behind bars for Gebert’s slaying.

But the judge said he had to consider the impact of D’Arpino’s crime on Gebert and his family, noting that D’Arpino “did the coup de grace” by shooting Gebert as he cowered under a table inside a Woodhaven bar.

“Once you get out, you’ll still have a life to live,” Johnson told D’Arpino.



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