This Week In Gang Land
Turncoat Mafia Boss Joe Massino Checks Out For Good — Ten Years Later
Ex-Bonanno crime family chieftain Joseph Massino cashed in his chips two weeks ago, after enjoying his reward of freedom for the past ten years as the first full-fledged Mafia boss to become a federal witness and testify against his fellow Cosa Nostra members for his Uncle Sam. He was 80.
Massino, who received a "time served" sentence of ten and a half years in 2013 for eight mob murders from 1981 until 1999, was interred in St. John's Cemetery, the spacious mob Boot Hill in Middle Village where his pal John Gotti and other New York mob bosses, including Lucky Luciano, Carlo Gambino and Vito Genovese have been laid to rest, Gang Land has learned.
There was no wake, just a funeral mass for the burly turncoat Mafia boss. Massino lived in Ohio until recently when he returned to the New York City area where he was housed in a rehabilitation facility where he died two weeks ago after a short illness, according to law enforcement officials and other sources.
Skinny Joey Is Not A Fan Of Judge Richard Sullivan, Or Gang Land
What a difference five years makes. The last time Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino was in Manhattan Federal Court, a vocal supporter called the judge a "rat bastard." But other than delivering a mildly sarcastic "Thanks for the fair trial," crack about his mistrial, the Philadelphia Mafia boss accepted his two year bid for illegal gambling without complaint — and with a smile.
Wiseguy Cites Yom Kippur, The Jewish Holy Day Of Atonement, As He Faces The Music For His Crimes
At his sentencing on Monday for taking part in the 20-year-long shakedown of a construction workers union, Colombo soldier Michael Uvino stated he was mindful that he was facing the music for his crimes on Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day of atonement. He said he wished to atone for his crimes and apologize for his conduct in the extortion scheme in 2020 and 2021.