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Friday, April 30, 2021

Ailing former Colombo family acting boss who caused civil war seeks prison release durig upcoming resentencing


A murderous former gangland boss is wheelchair-bound and suffering from serious dementia — but he has a new shot at release, his lawyer said Thursday.

Victor Orena, the 86-year-old ex-acting boss of New York’s Colombo crime family, can no longer take care of himself in the federal prison he is being held at in Massachusetts, requiring a wheelchair and a full-time aide. But a tossed lower firearms charge in a 1992 case could get him one last shot at freedom because he has to be resentenced completely.

He was convicted of ordering a hit on mobster Thomas Ocera, who was suspected of skimming money off assorted capers. Orena was also convicted of conspiring to murder rivals in a warring faction of the Colombo family.

“An overriding factor here is Mr. Orena’s age and medical conditions,” said David Schoen, Orena’s lawyer, at a Monday hearing in front of Eastern District Judge Eric Komitee.

When Orena is resentenced, his lawyers will argue for his release saying he is rehabilitated and that newly discovered evidence in the case points toward the mobster’s innocence.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, asked in court papers for the judge to simply resentence Orena to life in prison.

Schoen told the Daily News that new evidence in the case includes previously unreported government misconduct related to the Ocera murder that a top-echelon confidential informant said permeated Orena’s case.

Schoen called the information “unbelievably shocking” and potentially dangerous if revealed publicly.

“It’s stuff we never knew about that happened back then,” he told The News.

Victor “Little Vic” Orena was the acting boss of the Colombo family in the 1980s and tried to take over as permanent boss in the early 1990s, leading to a bloody civil war between his faction and that of boss Carmine Persico, who was serving a life sentence at the time.

Orena’s son, Andrew Orena, pleaded for compassion for his father.

“His heart is weak. But his spirit is strong. We’re praying we can get some time with him. He has grandchildren that really don’t know him,” Orena told The News. “He’ll never be the man he was but he’s still our father and we love him.”


1 comment:

  1. It amazes me that guys like Sammy can have a YouTube channel after admitting to 19 murders, one murder victim being an innocent 16 year old child and then guys like this get denied compassionate releases. Frank LoCascio, Bobby Manna and Vic Orena absolutely should be granted their releases so they can spend the few years they have left with their families before they die. What do they think these guys are going to get out and become bosses? Anyone they dealt with are long gone they'd never even think of going back to the streets. Shows how messed up the system is it's sickening.