Joe Bruno on the Mob – Vinny TV Takes a Plea Bargain
As did Anthony Graziano, Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti took a plea deal, and like Graziano, it was the right thing to do. This plea deals, combined with other plea deals, will stop Hector “Junior” Pagan from ever taking the stand at the trial of the men he wore a wire on, and the men he ratted on. (But that still makes Pagan a rat – a rat of the worst kind).
We all know by now (the TV show Mob Wives finally revealed the truth after six months of avoiding the truth) that Pagan wore a wire on his ex-father-in-law Graziano, who is the father of Mob Wives star Renee Graziano (talk about dumbing down the meaning of the word “star.”) On this wire Graziano asked Pagan to collect a long-overdue usurious debt. As a result, Graziano was arrested, and Pagan quickly disappeared off the streets and into the Witness Protection Program; ending any chance, if there ever was one, that Renee and Junior would get back together, if anyone in the right mind ever cared in the first place.
Rather than go to trail, Anthony Graziano, along with Badalamenti, pled guilty as charged and will do approximately three years in prison. As was reported in the New York Daily News, Badalamenti has now pled guilty to one felony ( the nonviolent collection of an unlawful debt), and may do as little as two years in the slammer. Because of his plea bargain, the government has agreed to drop the racketeering and extortion charges against Vinny TV, which has made Vinny TV a happy man indeed. There were several other co-defendants in the “trial that will never happen,” that have all pleaded guilty as charged.
The big question is: “Why was the government so eager to accept plea deals, when with Pagan testifying at the trial, the accused men would have been facing big time in prison if they were found guilty?” The reason could only be, as was pointed out in the Daily News, was that the Feds “weren’t thrilled with the prospect of putting Pagan on the witness stand.”
Why is that?
Because Pagan is now known world-wide as a rat, and anyone who has ever watched Mob Wives (and sadly, that’s a lot of people) would give very little credence to anything Pagan would ever say on the witness stand. On Mob Wives, it’s obvious Pagan is a low-life conniver, and worse. So rather than take a chance that a jury would find the defendants not guilty because of the notoriety and lack of credibility of Pagan, the Feds waved nice plea deals in front of the defendants, and the accused men wisely took the deals.
The good news is that the second season of Mob Wives in finally over.
The bad news is that will be a third season.
You can’t win them all.
You can read the article below at:
Bonanno Boss Vincent Badalamenti Pleads Out
“The boss of the Bonanno crime family will plead guilty Monday to a felony charge, preventing his former mob associate from testifying against him,” reports NY Daily News.
“Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti and many of his Bonanno cohorts were indicted for racketeering earlier this year, largely due to secret recordings made by turncoat Hector Pagan, the ex-husband of “Mob Wives” star Rene Graziano.”
Although Badalamenti’s lawyer wanted to go to trial, prosecutors offered to drop the racketeering and extortion charges, the article reports, meaning Badalamenti will plead guilty to the nonviolent collection of an unlawful debt, his lawyer tells the News.
“Badalamenti faces about two years in prison, far less than the 10 years he could have gotten if convicted after a trial. When he’s sprung, he can return to running his Brooklyn bagel shop,” the story reports.
“The feds had already cut generous deals with other co-defendants, signaling they weren’t thrilled with the prospect of putting Pagan on the witness stand.”
Pagan, who cut a deal with the feds, has committed at least one murder — the fatal robbery of Luchese associate James Donovan — “and may never have to play the role of rat,” meaning testify publicly, although I doubt he will lose the sobriquet in any event.
“Badalamenti’s decision not to fight the charges will also benefit his co-defendants — they will all earn additional time off on their sentencing guidelines because everyone listed in the indictment opted for a plea deal,” the News reports.
Read the full article: Bonanno crime boss Vincent Badalamenti pleads guilty to felony