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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Judge sentences Colombo soldier Little Dino to 50 years in prison for racketeering

A veteran Colombo wiseguy suspected of taking part in the 1997 gangland slaying of an NYPD cop was hit with 50 years in prison for a slew of racketeering raps Monday in Brooklyn federal court.
Crime family soldier Dino Saracino, 41, was acquitted in 2012 of the slaying of officer Ralph Dols but was convicted of several other criminal charges that allowed Judge Brian Cogan to level the stiff term.
Saracino was accused of the slaying along with Colombo street boss Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli on orders from then family boss Joel “Joe Waverly” Cacace.
Prosecutors said Cacace wanted Dols dead because he married his ex-wife. In a stunning verdict, both Gioeli and Saracino skated on that killing and several others.
Saracino celebrated his acquittals that day but was in a far less bubbly mood Monday after Cogan handed down the term that will carry him into his 90s for loan sharking, gambling and other mob staples.
The gangster’s family dissolved into wails and tears in the court gallery after Saracino’s fate was announced.
The seething mobster told prosecutors that the rats who testified against him at trial — Dino Calabro and Joe Competiello — deserved the same sentence.
“I hope you give Calabro and Competiello the same amount,” the hoodlum said before vanishing into custody for the next half century.



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