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Jury hears closing arguments in NY mob case

Jury hears closing arguments in NY mob case

A U.S. prosecutor urged a jury Tuesday to reject defense arguments that the government used turncoat mobsters to frame a reputed Mafia boss and another defendant in the murders of six people, including an off-duty police officer.
"The government did not choose these men _ the defendants did," Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes said in federal court in New York. "They robbed with them and they killed with them."
Attorneys for Thomas "Tommy Guns" Gioeli, the alleged former boss of the Colombo crime family, and reputed mob soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino sought to convince the jury that key government witnesses _ one an admitted hit man, another Saracino's brother _ had lied on the witness stand in a bid for leniency.
Outside the witnesses' testimony, prosecutors offered no evidence proving that Gioeli ordered any of the killings, defense attorney Adam Perlmutter said Tuesday.
Gioeli, 59, "has been targeted relentlessly because he knows people the government doesn't like," Perlmutter said.
Jurors have heard one of the cooperators, Dino "Big Dino" Calabro, give testimony about the previously unsolved killing in 1997 of police officer Ralph Dols.
Investigators believe Dols ran afoul of the mob by marrying the ex-wife of Joel Cacace, another Colombo boss. Calabro, at the time a Colombo associate, described being recruited by Gioeli for a "piece of work" wanted by Cacace.
The witness described how he and Saracino donned baseball caps and gloves before confronting Dols as he got out of his car.
"What's up?" the officer asked before both men opened fire and left him fatally wounded on the street, Calabro said
Calabro said he only learned the victim was a police officer by reading newspaper headlines the next day.
"I was amazed," he said. "We don't typically kill police officers. That's just the rule _ you don't hurt kids and you don't kill cops."
The jury could begin deliberating later Tuesday.


Updated : 2021-07-30 10:58 GMT+08:00