June 30, 2016
This Week in Gang Land
Judge Upholds 100-Year Sentence For Imprisoned Mafia Boss
A Manhattan federal judge has shot down a bold effort by aging Colombo crime family boss Carmine (Junior) Persico and his attorneys to set aside the 100-year sentence Persico received for his racketeering conviction in the historic Mafia Commission case at the 1986 trial.
In a 24-page decision, Judge Kevin Duffy – who took his seat on the federal bench in 1972, the same year the feds say Persico got a seat on the Commission as Colombo crime family boss – wrote that newly obtained FBI documents Persico's lawyers submitted failed to make the case that the 82-year-old wiseguy deserved to be resentenced.
Persico maintains that the FBI records show that others were serving as Colombo boss when Carmine (Lilo) Galante was gunned down in July of 1979. Since he wasn't the boss at the time, he couldn't have been a member of the Mafia Commission, Persico contends that he couldn't have had anything to do with the storied rubout that left Galante sprawled on the back terrace of an Italian restaurant in Bushwick, a cigar still clutched in his teeth.
He is a shell of his old self, and he may have no clout with federal judges. But from his federal prison hospital digs in Butner, North Carolina, Carmine Persico can still reach out to loyal New Yorkers to do his bidding, especially when it concerns someone near and dear to both his families.
He's gone ten years now, but former mob-busting federal investigator Kenny McCabe would have been proud of the work that a team of Nassau County detectives did in chronicling the activities of a bunch of Genovese gangsters during and after they allegedly took part in a plot to whack a mob rival two years ago.
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version was published a year ago, however, and it is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.