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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colombo captain given 12 years in jail for ordering murder while at his grandmother's wake

Teddy Persico Jr. was sentenced Thursday for the 1993 mob murder.
Colombo crime capo Theodore "Teddy Boy" Persico, Jr., was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for passing an order to underlings in a Brooklyn funeral parlor to whack a gangland rival.

Persico, 50, is the nephew of Colombo boss Carmine "The Snake" Persico who is serving a life sentence for racketeering and murder, and sources say Teddy is on the short-list of candidates to assume leadership of the crime family when the position becomes vacant upon his uncle’s death.

“I assure you I’ll do my best not to be here again,” Persico, Jr., pledged to Brooklyn Federal Judge Sandra Townes at his sentencing.

Persico Jr. pleaded guilty to a murder conspiracy charge in connection with the rubout of capo Joseph Scopo in 1993 during a civil war that pitted Carmine Persico loyalists against a rebellious Colombo faction aligned with Vittorio "Little Vic" Orena.

Scopo was a high-ranking member of the Orena faction.

In the summer of 1993, Persico Jr. was granted a prison furlough to attend his grandmother’s wake at Scarpaci Funeral Home in Bensonhurst. After saying a prayer in front of his grandmother’s coffin, Persico Jr. sat down in the chapel with three associates and delivered Scopo’s death warrant, according to testimony by mob rat Anthony Russo.

The whispered conversation was out of earshot of correction officers who had accompanied Persico Jr. to the wake.

“He (Teddy) told us, ‘You have to go after Joey (Scopo),’” Russo testified. ‘To end this war we got to get Joey. Joey is the target.’”

Several months later, Scopo was gunned down in front of his Queens home, effectively ending the bloody war.



  1. TENDER TEDDY , WHY OH WHY , LISTEN PAL, Get out of this life like John Junior did , you are not cut out for Mob Life
    Before you fold and bring the house down , and telling you the truth it's not for you , unfortunately I will have to pull his card as I couldn't believe This punk fainted once in front of me Rat Hunters approached him to collect payment and to give him an P.O. box and he fainted WTF , and it happened twice in one week, he was so scared and never have i seen a man scared worse then a chick he pissed himself . So please he gets no media attention for what fainting ?
    Very disappointed the way some mobsters handled them selves in the joint, you know who was a real Gangster allow me to tell you about George Conti and Joe Joe Russo the one that died in 1997 ,who else that's a tough gangster Oh Yeah Popey Jimmmy Argentina this is the Truth Blaze , Jimmy Burke RIP lived his last day like a gangster , Tony the Roach , John Dangelo , Ronnie One Arm is tougher with only one arm was tough as nails, Vinny Ravo , the one that surprised me was Allie Shades Malangone
    He was a big joke but we had a lot of fun ,Joe Watts , Mike Materaza , Jimmy Ida , all tough Wiseguys. You know who was in Greenhaven you had Perico Hector Rivera , Pontiac , Red , , and in Sing Sing Kenny Shannon, Kevin Kelly.
    Looking for Sean Omalley heard he is back locked up again in Broom County Upstate . So