An assault case against the infamous hitman Anthony Arillotta was dismissed by the Springfield District Court on Wednesday.
Just One Big Misunderstanding
Arillotta stated that the incident, which took place in July between him and a female relative was just a huge misunderstanding. Arillotta had been released in 2017 after serving an 8-year prison sentence for racketeering and murder.
After the judge threw the case out, Arillotta added that the situation had been resolved.
Police officers arrested Arillotta in late July when he was accused of assaulting a family member with a lemonade carton in the midst of an argument over a dog that had been left at his house by his relative.
The former boss of the dangerous Genovese mafia family was soon arrested and charged with battery and assault.
Kevin Riva, his attorney, stated that the victim and several other witnesses had turned uncooperative, which lead to the case losing its steam.
Riva stated that there were many reasons why the judge had approved their motion for dismissal and that the weak nature of the case had played a major role in the court’s decision to dismiss it.
All because of a Dog
Police records stated that the argument escalated because Arillotta did not want the dog at his place due to dog allergy issues. He and the alleged victim started arguing, screaming and name-calling.
During the heat of the argument, he took a lemonade carton and threw it at her and struck her leg. She didn’t suffer any notable injuries and did not undergo any medical treatment. When the arrest was made, Arillotta was still serving his federal probation sentence though, as per US District Court filings, his release was never in jeopardy due to this incident.
Arillotta had pled guilty to being involved in the murder of Adolfo ‘Big Al’ Bruno, his former mob mentor, Gary D. Westerman, a low-level mob player, and Arillotta’s brother-in-law in 2003.
He provided testimony against other codefendants in 2 different federal court trials in Manhattan to obtain a lenient sentence.