Bonanno crime family mobster turned rat Hector “Junior” Pagan is set to take the stand as the governments star witness at upcoming mob trial. Pagan is best known for being the ex-husband of Renee Graziano one of the stars of the hit TV series Mob Wives. The former mob enforcer decided to become an informant after a drug conviction and wore a wire secretly taping conversations with fellow mobsters. These tapes lead to the arrest of former Bonanno family acting boss Vincent “Vinny TV” Badalamenti and his former father-in-law and high ranking mobster Anthony Graziano among others. Pagan cut a deal with the feds which included him admitting his role in the 2010 murder of James Donovan an alleged Lucchese crime family associate and loanshark during a botched robbery.
Pagan is now the star witness against two accomplices Bonanno mobster Richard Riccardi and Gambino family associate Luigi Grasso which he claims joined him in the fatal robbery attempt. Even though Pagan himself fired the fatal shot into the leg of Donovan causing him to bleed to death he has played his turncoat card perfectly. According to Pagan he was accompanied by Grasso and helped apprehend Donovan at gun point and Riccardi is accused of supplying the guns. But defense attorney’s argue that Pagan is really the guilty party in the murder of Donovan as he fired the fatal shot leading to his death and he has been caught lying to both the U.S. attorney and Brooklyn distract attorney about the mafia murder.
Both Grasso and Riccardi are being held with out bail while they await trial. The mobsters are facing a sentence of life in prison if convicted.