Bonanno crime family mobster Ronald Giallanzo was sentenced to one year and one day behind bars for violating the terms of his supervised release.
Giallanzo was caught meeting people he wasn’t supposed to as per the terms of his prison release when he attended last years Bonanno family Christmas party. Convicted on racketeering and extortion charges back in 2007 the mobster had a strict “do not associate list” which he admitted to breaching. The Bonanno family Christmas party is somewhat of a mafia tradition, although this year’s gathering has caused problems for Giallanzo and other fellow mobsters.
“Mobsters meeting at Bonanno Family Christmas Party”
Attendance at last year’s party was mandatory according to the feds so mobsters could pay homage to new family acting boss Joseph Cammarano Jr.Fellow mobsters Joseph Desimone and Anthony Pipitone were also charged with violating the terms of their federal release by associating with known wiseguys while attending the party. The feds had the gathering under surveillance and collected evidence of the mobsters meeting and greeting other made men in the New York mafia. According to Assistant U.S. District Attorney Lindsay Gerdes Giallanzo was caught not only attending the mafia Christmas party at Bocelli’s restaurant on Staten Island but also three other prohibited meetings with members of the New York mob.
Giallanzo is the nephew of Bonanno family captain Vincent Asaro who was recently acquitted in the Lufthansa airport robbery case. Federal judge Nicholas Garaufis told the now 45-year-old mobster that he understands full well what goes on at the mob get-togethers like the Christmas party in question. The Judge told him “Doesn’t everyone have parties in December where they pass around envelopes of money?” he said sarcastically. “You think I just got off the boat from the South Sea islands and I don’t know what’s going on?” Prosecutors were seeking a two-year term for the violation, but defense attorney’s argued that the year and a day sentence the judge had just issued last year to fellow Bonnano family mobster John Palazzolo for a similar violation should be used again.