Anthony “Big Anthony” Russo former captain in the Colombo crime family turned rat is hoping to be rewarded for his cooperation. According to Brooklyn federal court documents federal prosecutors are looking to do just that asking for leniency for the former mobster at his upcoming sentencing. Prosecutors say that Russo supplied them with information on more then twenty of his fellow wiseguys and his substantial cooperation aided the government in its continuing investigation into the New York mafia and the Colombo family. He supplied the feds with an inside look into the crime families sensitive inner workings along with key administrative maneuvers and vicious crime. Among those he helped put away was former Colombo family street boss Andrew Russo and underboss Benjamin Castellazzo.
“Anthony Russ0 – court sketch”
Big Anthony also came clean about his own vicious crimes and a decade long organized crime career. This included him and a mob colleague cutting off the penis of a dead man and placing it in his mouth for a final humiliation. He hopes to become the latest turncoat to handsomely benefit from turning on his fellow mobsters and helping federal prosecutors in their ongoing war against the mafia. In recent months their have been a parade of mafia turncoats through Brooklyn federal court including former Bonanno family boss Joseph Massino and capo Richard Cantarella being rewarded for their cooperation. Big Anthony faces a minimum sentence of five years and a max of up to thirty years but it is believed that he will be rewarded nicely for his cooperation.