Long time Bonanno crime family captain Patrick DeFilippo has passed away in federal prison at the age of 74 according to Bureau of Prisons reports. He was reported to have suffered from arteriosclerosis and after having congestive heart failure was fitted with a pacemaker. It was also reported back in 2012 that he had once died in a prison hospital but was brought back by medical intervention and since suffered from fainting spells. DeFilippo was convicted back in 2006 of racketeering conspiracy among other charges and was serving a 40 year sentence which has now amounted to a life sentence. DeFilippo was on trial then with former Bonanno family boss Vincent Basciano who he brought into the crime family years before and who at one point wanted to kill while they were both out on streets him according to federal prosecutors.
DeFilippo has long held ties to the Bonanno family starting with his father who was a close friend of late Joseph Bonanno. According to prosecutors DeFilippo helped run the crime families Bronx based illegal gambling operations for years. Former Bonanno underboss turned rat Sal Vitale testified that DeFilippo was on a list of Bonanno capo’s who had to make ten percent payments from Joker Poker profits up to then mob boss Joseph Massino. DeFilippo also known as “Patty from the Bronx” is yet another of the few remaining old school mobsters left in the New York mafia to have been taken off streets either by feds or death. Funeral and burial information for DeFilippo are not yet known.