Anthony “Ponytail Tony” Parillo a reputed high-ranking member of the New England mafia is headed back to prison for 5 years after being found guilty on felony assault charges. The 65-year-old mobster is believed to hold the rank of consigliere in the Patriarca crime family. He was found guilty back in November of 2015 after he and his bouncer assaulted an innocent couple at his now-defunct lounge in Providence, Rhode Island five years ago. The beating was the result of a misidentification leading to a sentence of 5 to 15 years, 5 of which are to be served.
According to court documents Parillo and his bouncer misidentified Jack Fernandez as a patron who stabbed a club employee after an incident inside the establishment on a previous occasion. The assault took place inside the club’s bathroom and into a back alley where Fernandez and his wife were roughed up. Fernandez was eventually taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with several cracked ribs and a broken nose. It could have been even worse of an outcome for the innocent man, but according to testimony but Parillo called off the attack, saying “Stop, no more right now, there’s too many people around, we’ll get him later.”
Parillo is a convicted murderer and was the one-time protege of former New England mob boss Luigi Manocchio. It was rumored that he was possibly in line to take over as acting boss of the Patriarca family after previous acting boss Anthony Spagnolo ran into legal problems. But former underboss Carmen DiNunzio is believed to have taken over as acting boss of the family since his release from prison last year as the New England mafia power base has shifted to Boston. Matthew Guglielmetti is thought to have taken an administrative position in the Cosa Nostra family possibly now serving as underboss. If Parillo is replaced even on an acting basis Bobby Carrozza of East Boston or Joseph Achille of Providence are rumored options.