July 17, 2014
This Week in Gang Land
College Educated Capo Well-Schooled In Wiseguy Way Of Life
When they call the Genovese crime family the Ivy League of organized crime, they’re not talking about college diplomas. But Genovese capo Conrad Ianniello is the rare exception who actually did go on to higher education. Ianniello possesses a baccalaureate degree from Mercy College, the liberal arts college in Westchester that was founded by the Sisters of Mercy back in 1950.
But the 70-year-old mobster doesn’t appear to have ever put his sheepskin to work. He’s been a jack-of-all-trades guy, working blue collar jobs such as a steamfitter. He’s also dabbled in grand larceny and drug dealing, earning a state conviction in 1986 for possessing heroin with intent to sell and a sentence of 81/3 years to life.
And like his late, legendary wiseguy uncle, Matthew (Matty The Horse) Ianniello, the accomplished labor racketeer who rarely got his hands dirty while taking over unions, Conrad is well-schooled in the art of extortion. When faced with a feisty union leader whose father, Dennis (Fat Dennis) Delucia, was a capo with the beleaguered Colombo family, Conrad simply sent a burly 300 pound gangster to threaten the union leader who stood in his way.
Turncoat Bonanno gangster Hector (Junior) Pagan is such a popular guy in Brooklyn Federal Court that three different judges are in the running to sentence him for a slew of crimes, including murder. Pagan, however, doesn’t sound worried. He told his ex-wife, Mob Wives co-star Renee Graziano in a letter from prison, that he'll be released from prison this year and wants to hook up with her again.
Lawyer Rips Turncoat As Cold Blooded Killer; Asks Mercy For Gangster Who Planned Robbery, Not Murder
Mob associate Richard Riccardi makes no bones about his responsibility in the crime that led to the shooting death of check casher James Donovan back in 2010. He instigated and helped plan the $200,000 robbery that ended with Donovan’s murder, his lawyer acknowledges. "He fully and unconditionally accepts responsibility for his conduct" and "accepts that there is a realistic possibility that he will spend the rest of his life in prison," attorney Susan Kellman says in a pre-sentence letter to the court.
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