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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bonanno captain tells judge he will never rat anybody out

Bonanno crime ​family capo Vincent Asaro assured a judge he’s no rat Tuesday, as he ​copped to charges that he ordered henchmen ​– including the namesake grandson of the late Gambino boss John Gotti — ​to torch the car of a driver who cut him off in 2012.
As Asaro took a plea deal, Judge Allyne Ross suggested he ditch defense attorney Elizabeth Macedonio, who is ​also ​representing his loan shark nephew Ronald Giallanzo, because it would be ​dangerous ​for Asaro to ​potentially ​turn ​government ​witness while his lawyer reps other ​wiseguys.
“Both you and Giallanzo are part of the same organized crime family so that his attorney has a potential conflict of interest,” the judge warned. “You may be inviting dangers that no one can anticipate at this time. It may be in your best interest to cooperate with the government.”
But the 82-year-old Asaro, who dodged prison for his role in the 1978 Lufthansa heist​ immortalized in the film “Goodfellas​,​” and ​who ​has previously threatened the life of the prosecutor in the arson case, told the judge in no uncertain terms that he’s no rat.
“I would never cooperate against my nephew ​– ​or anyone for that matter,” a defiant Asaro said.
Asaro became enraged after a driver cut him off on a Queens road in 2012, following the man and figuring out his identity before ordering Matthew Rullan and Teflon Don namesake grandson John Gotti to torch the ride. Rullan and Gotti also ple​d​ ​guilty ​to arson charges.
“I made arrangements for someone to take care of it and it was done,” Asaro bragged.
​All three face five to 20 years in prison at an Oct. 24 sentencing.
Rullan and Gotti also ple​a​d​ed​ guilty to an unrelated 2012 bank robbery in which they conspired with Gotti’s bank-teller girlfriend to steal $5,941 from a Queens bank less than two weeks after the car torching.



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