Mafia News: Bonanno Family Capo Jerome Asaro gets 7 1/2 years for racketeering


Jerome Asaro a reputed captain in the Bonanno crime family has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for his conviction on racketeering. The charges included the digging up and moving of the remains of former mob associate Paul Katz in the 1980’s. Katz was murdered back in 1969 by Jerome’s father and high ranking Bonanno mobster Vincent Asaro because he was suspected of being a rat by James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke.


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Jerome Asaro


The body of Katz was buried under the basement of a house in Queens when was killed until the 1980’s when Jerome moved the remains to an unknown location. But in 2013 the feds got tipped off and excavated the basement grave finding some remaining hair and bones in which they used DNA testing and positively identified Paul Katz.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Argentieri said that Jerome may not have killed Katz himself but he did help his father Vincent to get away with it. She said the mafia is a family business and that Jerome is now a third generation mobster with in the Bonanno family. Vincent Asaro is still awaiting trial for the murder of Katz along with his participation in the infamous Lufthansa Heist.

Gambino Family unrest leads to new Capo Thomas Sassano being named


Thomas “Monk” Sassano has been named captain by Gambino boss Domenico Cefalu of the Queens based crew which was being headed by Alphonse Trucchio due to a family dispute. Trucchio was once considered a young rising star in the Gambino family before being demoted in part because of a disrespect he showed former consigliere Joseph “JoJo” Corrozo according to reports.


Alphonse Trucchio


His disrespect toward Corrozo stemmed from a disagreement the two mobsters had over a defense strategy stemming from racketeering charges from the 2011 Mafia Takedown. The defendants had been divided into separate trails at the time and none of them wanted to be first up facing the prosecutions evidence fresh making it more difficult to dispute. During a pre-trial session an argument developed between Trucchio and Corrozo’s lawyer his son Joseph.

“Hey Al, so it’s every man for himself, now,” said Corozzo.
“Why don’t you come here and say that to my face,” replied Trucchio, as he kept moving toward the elevator.
“So, I’m not a man now,” snapped the lawyer, with a look of disgust on his face.

Trucchio would eventually agree to a plea deal and begin serving his 10 year prison sentence. Reports continues to surface while in prison of the Gambino’s unhappiness with his actions although he remained an official capo in the family until recently. But the 38 year old Trucchio has now been officially replaced as skipper of the Howard Beach crew by the 68 year old Sassano according to sources.

A former sanitation worker Sassano professed his loyalty for the Gambino crime family in the late 1980’s during the rise of former boss John Gotti. The long time loyal Gambino soldier has finally reaped a reward for his time in the New York Mafia.

Mafia News: Bonanno Family boss Thomas DiFiore sentenced to 21 monthe behind bars


Thomas “Tommy D” DiFiore of the Bonanno crime family was sentenced to 21 months in prison today in Brooklyn court on debt collection charges. The 71 year old mobster was the alleged acting boss of the Bonanno family and for a time was the highest ranking member of the family on the streets. Tommy D and his lawyers sited multiple health issues including high blood sugar, lung problems, and kidney swelling among others as reason why he should receive a shorter sentence.


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Thomas DiFiore taken into custody in 2014


His defense team petitioned the court to have him sentenced to only the 14 month he has already served since his arrest. Instead U.S. District Judge Allyne Ross sentenced the elder wiseguy to 21 month leaving him 7 months of jail time still to be served. Judge Ross said she considered the health factors when deciding on the sentence but said she agreed with the governments that DiFiore’s criminal conduct was serious.

DiFiore was facing a sentencing guide line of 21-27 months so it seems that once again the “Oldfella” act used by many aging mafia members once again paid off. Over the years this has become a familiar tactic and really is starting to become old mafia news, but hey if it works don’t mess with it.

Bonanno Family boss Thomas DiFiore citing health issues in hopes of shorter sentence


Thomas DiFiore the alleged acting boss of the Bonanno crime family is using an old mob tactic of using health issues in an attempt to obtain a shortened sentence. DiFiore was for a time the highest ranking leader of the Bonano family on the streets and seemingly in control of things until his arrest in early 2014. He is facing sentencing Tuesday on charges of federal unlawful debt-collection. The 71 year old mobster is now claiming multiple health issues and a extensive drug regimen in hopes of catching a break.


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Thomas (Tommy D) DiFiore


But the geriatric mobster definitely showed some pep in his step back in 2013 when he was caught on wiretap talking to fellow Bonanno family wiseguy Vincent Asaro. He can be heard telling Asaro “Without Me, you wouldn’t a got nothing” pertaining to more than his share of a loan payment according to the feds. The feds claimed Mr. DiFiore made former Bonanno bosses look like St. Anthony.

Members of the mafia have long used health issues in an attempt to avoid lengthy prison sentences over the years. The use of this tactic is not new mafia news although it has definitely become more common as use of the federal racketeering act has increased. As the amount of mob turncoats increase new indictments of older crimes becomes more common more elder members of the mob have found themselves in court.

The Mafia with Trevor McDonald debuts March 23


The Mafia with Trevor McDonald a hard hitting two part documentary into the American Mafia is set to debut one March 23rd with its second episode follow up on March 30th on ITV. The famed journalist took a three month journey into the heart of the American Mafia in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, and Southern California. The show promises in depth interviews with made men in various mob families including the New York mafia along with the crimes they committed and a glimpse into mafia life.


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Trevor McDonlad interviewing Ralph Natale


Among those interviewed by McDonald were Michael Di Leonardo a former Gambino crime family mobster, former Colombo crime family mobster Michael Franzese, and Ralph Natale former Philadelphia mafia boss among others. Viewers will get a glimpse at how the modern day Mafia survives today and the path of crime and betrayal that often accompanies being a part of it.

For those potential viewers in the United States who do not have television access to the ITV network you can still watch The Mafia with Trevor McDonald using your tablet, computer, or cellphone via the companies ITV Player. Both episodes are set to air at 9 PM local time.



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