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Sunday, December 17, 2023

Likely future Boss of the Colombo family sentenced to 5 years in prison for racketeering


The reputed "heir apparent" to a New York City Mafia family doesn't want to be promoted to godfather, his lawyer said in court Friday.

Theodore "Skinny Teddy" Persico, a nephew of two late Colombo crime family bosses, plans to turn his back on the mob and go straight when he finishes his latest prison term, lawyer Joseph Corozzo said.

"He has no desire to be boss," he said.

Persico, 60, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for racketeering in the Colombo family's 20-year-shakedown of a Queens-based construction union.

Before learning his punishment, Persico told U.S. District Judge Hector Gonzalez that he was "ready and willing to accept anything you feel I deserve."

"I want to go home and move my family and business to New Jersey, to get out of the New York City area," he said in federal court in Brooklyn. "I'm getting old. This is not how it should be. I need to change myself. I'm not looking to hurt anybody like I did in the past."

Persico's fiancee, Nicole Russo, owns a Staten Island auto-body shop that he ran before his most recent arrest, according to court papers.

Prosecutors have said Persico was named "heir apparent" of the Colombo family during a November 2020 meeting of high-level gangsters at a Brooklyn restaurant.

Persico — whose late uncle, Carmine "the Snake" Persico, was a Colombo boss — was allegedly slated to take over in May 2023, when he finished three years of supervised release from prison.

But he ended up being charged in a September 2021 indictment that targeted the Colombos' entire ruling hierarchy, known as the "administration."

Days after Persico pleaded guilty in July, the Gangland News website reported that the Colombos had picked Robert "Little Robert" Donofrio as their acting boss.

Persico's co-defendants included another uncle, then-Colombo boss Andrew "Mush" Russo, who died in April 2022 while awaiting trial.

Reputed Colombo consigliere Ralph DiMatteo, who on Tuesday was sentenced to three years in prison, avoided arrest by flying to Florida a day before everyone else was rounded up by the FBI.

DiMatteo made headlines when a photo that showed him looking more than a little like Tony Soprano as he lounged in a pool was posted on social media while he was briefly on the lam.



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