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Monday, August 22, 2016

John Gotti associate pleads guilty to torching car of rival pizzeria

An associate of John Gotti — the troubled grandson of the late Gambino crime boss — pleaded guilty Monday to torching a Mercedes-Benz sedan in connection with a dispute between pizzeria owners in Queens.

Gino Gabrielli, 22, ate the indictment, copping to the single arson charge that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

"I set a car on fire in furtherance of a federal crime," Gabrielli told Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Gabrielli's sister, Eleanor, is Gotti's girlfriend and she was arrested with the mob prince last month when NYPD narcotics detectives raided his home in Howard Beach as part of a crackdown an illegal oxycodone peddling ring.

Gotti was also subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury about the arson fire.

Gino Gabrielli, a waiter at his grandfather's restaurant, Aldo's Pizzeria on Cross Bay Blvd., allegedly burned the luxury car belonging to the owner of rival Sofia's Pizzeria in Ozone Park. Authorities said the rival pizza maker was retaliated against after he took a $1,300 catering order away from Aldo's Pizzeria.

The feds had smoking gun evidence against Gabrielli — literally. A surveillance video captured the Dec. 4, 2015 arson in which Gabrielli accidentally set himself on fire, too, and later showed up at an area hospital for medical treatment for third-degree burns to his leg.



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