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Friday, November 8, 2013

Violent Gambino associate found guilty for knifing a man during bar fight

A Gambino crime-family associate who beat charges he knifed the owner of popular Brooklyn pizza joint Lucali was found guilty Monday of stabbing another man inside a Bay Ridge bar in an unrelated incident.

Battista “Benny” Geritano, 40, was convicted of attempted assault stemming from his 2012 bar brawl with Nunzio Fusco inside Nouveau.

Geritano punched Fusco and stabbed him “in the stomach twice with a knife” before slashing him in the shoulder, court papers say.

Surveillance footage shown during the trial showed Geritano brandishing the blade before plunging it into Fusco’s gut. The Brooklyn Supreme Court jury deliberated for only an hour before voting to convict the Gambino goon.

Geritano had been previously accused of carving up dough-tosser Mark Iacono in Carroll Gardens in 2011 over a reputed love triangle.

The two ex-friends allegedly fought over the shapely Annete Angeloni, who was shacked up with Geritano when the jealous mobster accused Iacono of trying to steal her, sources told The Post.

The case was dropped when both Geritano and Iacono refused to cooperate with authorities.

An FBI agent testified at Geritano’s 2011 federal probation hearing that the Gambino associate was suspected of committing “at least four” murders.

Geritano got a year behind bars for violating his probation for a string of bank robberies by smoking marijuana.

Because of his criminal record of bail jumping and weapons possession, Geritano could face up to 25 years to life when he is sentenced December 6.



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