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Friday, September 9, 2016

Dying Colombo captain gets 33 months in prison for extortion

A sick acting Colombo capo was sentenced Friday to more than 2 1/2 years behind bars on extortion charges — despite his lawyer begging for a no-jail term because the 71-year-old mobster only has a year left to live.
Brooklyn federal court Judge Leo Glasser was less than sympathetic toward Luca DiMatteo as he slapped him with a 33-months sentence.
“I’m not doing it to you, Mr. DiMatteo. You’re doing it to yourself. You knew what that life is … you couldn’t rid yourself of it, you couldn’t cut yourself loose,” the judge said.
DiMatteo pleaded guilty to charges that he and his nephew Lukey, a Colombo associate, extorted a local business owner for more than 10 years until his shop was forced to shutter.
The owner paid the DiMatteos $100 to $200 every two weeks, prosecutors said.
The judge did agree to temporarily let DiMatteo, who has cancer and suffers from congestive heart failure, out on $1M bail so he could seek medical attention.
He’ll have to surrender at a later date.
Defense attorney Flora Edwards asked the judge to impose a sentence of home detention with strict monitoring.
“Mr. DiMatteo is seriously ill. He has a limited life expectancy,” she said in court.
DiMatteo previously served three years in federal prison after a 2004 conviction on extortion, loansharking and gambling charges.



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