March 6, 2014
This Week in Gang Land
Feds Set To Dismiss Controverisal Murder Indictment In 1990 Rubout Ordered By John Gotti
Nearly a year after the FBI and Manhattan U.S. Attorney's announced the arrest of a longtime Gambino associate for a 1990 mob rubout ordered by the late John Gotti, prosecutors are prepared to throw in the towel, Gang Land has learned.
Not because they think that gangster Daniel Fama had nothing to do with the murder of demolition contractor Edward (Eddie The Chink) Garofalo, but because the prosecution theory of the case – that Fama took part in the slaying to keep Garofalo from talking – hasn’t panned out.
At the same time, sources say, the feds are using back channels in an effort to convince prosecutors for newly elected Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson to use the FBI's evidence to bring state murder charges against Fama, the alleged getaway car driver in the gangland-style-slaying of Garofalo who was gunned down outside his Brooklyn home.
His mob buddies derisively called him "Mikey Miss" because he failed to kill the Queens auto body mechanic he shot in the back of the head at point blank range in 1989. But last month, Mikey Bitz was right on target as he testified at a two-day sentencing hearing for Bonanno associate Neil Messina before Brooklyn Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto.
Michael Persico, the businessman son of imprisoned-for-life mob boss Carmine Persico, was ready to face justice last week for getting involved in his dad's Colombo crime family business. But justice wasn't ready to face him.
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