Joe Bruno on the Mob — Jerry Capeci’s Gangland Says Junior May Still Have to Testify in Court, and Junior Doesn’t Like It One Bit.
April 23, 2012
As was reported by Jerry Capeci in his April, 19, 2012 Gangland column, Hector “Junior” Pagan may indeed have to testify in court because one of the men he ratted on, Nicky Santora, has refused to take a plea deal, and his case is scheduled to go on trial on May 7. This puts a monkey wrench into the government desire not to have Pagan testify at any trials, and has pissed off Pagan to no end.
As I reported in my April 18 column, the reason the government wants no part of Pagan on the witness stand is because his disgusting performance on the VH1 television show Mob Wives has made him a hated man by the millions of viewers who watch the show. This truism will make it difficult, if not nearly impossible, for the government to find twelve jurors who would take anything Pagan says on the witness stand at face value.
According to Gangland, Pagan has been sending letters to estranged family members, saying if he didn’t turn rat, he was facing 50 years in prison. He also complained, “Why don’t these guys take a plea deal?”
Well, five out of the six defendants did take a plea, including his former father-in-law Anthony Graziano and Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti. But Santora, as of this moment, has turned thumbs down on a plea which would have given him less than two years in prison. If convicted, Santora can get more than ten years behind bars.
It will be interesting to see if Santora sticks to his guns, even if only to aggravate the government, who willingly got into bed with a piece-of-garbage like Pagan; not to mention Pagan himself, who doesn’t want to stare down his former pals from the witness stand.
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