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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Big-time Rat Receives “Get Out of Jail” Card By the Feds

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In one of the most outrageously bizarre decisions by a federal judge in a long time, Judge Nicholas Garaufis sentenced admitted three-time killer, and big-time rat Dominick Cicale to an insignificant 10 years in prison. Since Cicale has already served seven years in jail, and is expected to get 18 months off for “good behavior,” Cicale could hit the streets sometime next year, and then go right into the Witness Protection Program. Cicale was a key witness in the two trials of his alleged former Bonanno boss Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, and also in the trial of John A. (Junior) Gotti. Based on Cicale’s testimony, Basciano is presently serving life in prison.

To show what a murderous dog he was, Cicale, previous to his sentencing, pleaded guilty to the murders of Frank Santoro and Randolph Pizzolo. He also committed a previous murder on which he was sentenced to eleven years in prison in Florida. Cicale said he was ordered to commit the murders of Santoro and Pizzolo by Basciano (Who knows if that’s the truth, nor does it make a difference). Still, the prosecutors recommended a extremely lenient sentence for Cicale.

“While he (Cicale) has engaged in a multitude of crimes, including three murders, he has nonetheless provided information and testimony that has put dangerous criminals behind bars,” the prosecutors told the judge.

“We need cooperating witnesses to prevail,” said Asst. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Greg Andres.

To prevail against what?

Why make a deal with the devil to put someone in jail for life who is no worse than the person who is giving testimony against them? It’s not right that the government gets to pick and choose who goes to jail and who gets a sweetheart deal because of their willingness to inform.

If you can let a guy off almost clean who has admitted to three murders (three that we know of), where does the insanity stop?

The answer why the Feds are willing to make deals with vermin like Cicale is simple. Basciano was a big-name mob boss. Cicale was a nobody. And federal prosecutors, as well as federal law enforcement, get their promotions and pay raises based on the notoriety of the big fish they put in prison.

So letting a three-time murderer like Cicale off easy was an no-brainer for the Feds, looking to further their careers, but not so palatable for the families of Santoro and Pizzolo.

Shame on the Feds.

Shame on Judge Garaufis.

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Bonanno rat Dominick Cicale gets break of a lifetime for helping nail Vinny Gorgeous Basciano

Goon gets 10 years in murders, but with time served and good behavior he could be sprung into witness protection program in 2013

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By John Marzulli / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:11 AM

THE RAT got his reward.

A murderous Bonanno mobster who helped put crime boss Vinny Gorgeous away for life hit the turncoat jackpot Monday: a reduced sentence that will have him back on the street next year.

Dominick Cicale was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but he’s already served seven behind bars and is expected to get an extra 18 months shaved off for good behavior.

He faced two life terms for a pair of killings he committed with Gorgeous, aka Vincent Basciano, but prosecutors urged Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis to consider how his testimony has helped them decimate the Bonanno leadership.

We need cooperating witnesses to prevail,” said Asst. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Greg Andres.

Cicale was affiliated with the Bonannos from 1999 to 2005; in that span, he was promoted to captain and crew leader at the direction of Basciano, who proudly called Cicale his “hoodlum.”

Before joining the mob, Cicale had served 11 years in prison for killing a man in Florida over a drug dispute.

He pleaded guilty to killing Frank Santoro, a Bronx junkie who had threatened to kidnap Basciano’s son, and mob associate Randolph Pizzolo.

Cicale, 44, said he was “ashamed” and “remorseful,” insisting that he was a different man than the vicious thug charged in a 2005 racketeering indictment.

There is not a single day that passes that I don’t pray for the souls of my victims,” he said.

I will have to live with the torment of my actions for the rest of my life.”

Santoro’s elderly mother, Grace, sighed loudly in the courtroom as he begged for mercy.

Cicale testified at three trials against Basciano, resulting in convictions and consecutive life sentences for the former crime boss.

He also took the stand against John A. (Junior) Gotti in Manhattan Federal Court.

Garaufis acknowledged that it is unfortunate but necessary that the government is forced to make deals with killers who are motivated to save their own necks.

When Cicale is sprung, he’ll enter the feds’ witness protection program with a new identity.

The judge expressed concern about his ability to get a job and avoid falling back into his old ways.

All right, Mr. Cicale, this is your chance,” Garaufis said. “On behalf of everyone here, I hope you meant everything you said.”

Former New York mobster who turned on mafia gets less prison

By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK | Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:31pm EST

(Reuters) – A former New York mobster who turned against the mafia and helped convict Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, then acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday despite being involved in multiple murders.

Prosecutors said Dominick Cicale, 44, was convicted of racketeering and involvement in two murders and assaults in aid of racketeering. He avoided a maximum life sentence by agreeing to turn against his former crime-world associates, according to a motion filed in court on Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York.

He was sentenced to 10 years prison and was given credit for about seven years already served.

Prosecutors said that Cicale, who grew up in the Bronx in New York City, ascended the ranks of the Bonanno family from 1999 until his arrest in January 2005, during which time he took part in two “brutal” murders and other violence on the crime family’s behalf.

He began cooperating with the government in January, 2006, the prosecution’s motion said, giving information and testimony that helped convict Basciano and a dozen other reputed Bonanno family members.

Basciano, known by his nickname Vinny Gorgeous, was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2011.

The prosecution’s motion argued for a lenient sentence for Cicale based on his help to the government.

In February, 2001, during his tenure with the Bonanno family, Cicale took part in the fatal shooting of Frank Santoro, who was out walking his dog near his home in the Bronx, the motion said. Basciano, the acting boss, had ordered the killing on suspicion that Santoro was planning to kidnap his son, prosecutors said.

In December, 2004, Cicale orchestrated the murder of Randolph Pizzolo, an associate of the mob family that Basciano had ordered killed as a “wake-up call”, the motion said.

The prosecution’s motion said Cicale had since proved an “important and effective” government witness.

“While he has engaged in a multitude of crimes, including three murders, he has nonetheless provided information and testimony that has put dangerous criminals behind bars,” the prosecutor’s motion said.

Russell Neufeld, Cicale’s lawyer, declined to comment on Monday.


Joe Bruno – Vinny “Gorgeous’” Basciano Sentenced to Life in Prison – Twice

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This is both plain stupid and a total waste of taxpayer money.

On Tuesday, July 19, Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano was sentenced to life in prison, without chance of parole, plus ten years, for ordering the 2004 murder of Bonnano Crime Family associate Randolph Pizzolo.

That would be fine, if just for one simple fact: Basciano is already serving life in prison, without chance of parole, for the 2001 murder of junkie, and all around bad guy, Frank Santoro.

So now Basciano is scheduled to serve two life sentences, plus another ten years in prison. There’s only one problem. The last time I looked, Basciano, like the rest of us, I might add, only has one life to live. You can’t serve two life sentences, and certainly not an additional ten years, after you serve two life sentences. Just can’t happen. Human beings are not wired that way.

Millions of dollars were spent in Basciano’s second trial, which was absolutely the worst example of overkill (no pun intended) I’ve ever seen.

The government might say the reason for the second trial was that they were seeking the death penalty for Basciano, and they obviously figured death was a more proper sentence for Basciano than life in prison. Right?

Well, how did that work out for you, Mr. Government?

The jury decided quite quickly, and quite correctly, that the proper sentence for Basciano was life in prison rather than sitting down in “Old Sparky” at Sing Sing Prison in upstate New York (The smart-ass judge added the extra 10 years for good measure). So that means Basciano got absolutely no punishment for the Pizzolo murder, because he was already serving life in prison for the Santoro murder.

The United States of America is in debt for trillions of dollars. Why? Because we overspend. On almost everything.

Social Programs. Heath Care. The Military. I could go on and on.

But spending millions of dollars on the prosecution of a man, already sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole, is beyond the pale.

Attorney General Eric Holder has the reputation of being soft on terrorism and tough on organized crime; especially Italian, or Italian American organized crime. In early January, Holder made a big splash when he ordered the FBI to arrest 127 men, in and around the New York area, suspected of being associated with organized crime, i.e. – The Mafia, or “Cosa Nostra,” as the government likes to call it.

On the day of the mass roundup of organized crime figures, Holder got on the podium before a nation TV audience to announce (brag about?) the arrests. He was so proud, the buttons on Holder’s suit seemed ready to burst, even though the vast majority of the men arrested were so “low-level” in organized crime, they need a ladder just to reach the curb.

And how much more of our money do you think the government will spend on 127 prosecutions? And guess whose money they will be spending?

Not Holder’s, that’s for sure.

The following article appeared in the NY Daily News on July, 20, 2011.
Vinny ‘Gorgeous’ Basciano sentenced to life in prison plus ten years at Supermax

Bloodthirsty ex-crime boss Vincent Basciano made a startling admission on Wednesday before he was dispatched to rot behind bars in America’s toughest federal prison.

“I was done in by the tapes,” the murderous mobster said in federal court, referring to damning jailhouse recordings secretly made by ex-Bonanno chief Joseph Massino.

Basciano – spared the death penalty last month by a Brooklyn jury – received a sentence of life plus 10 years from Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

“No punishment is sufficient to right his innumerable wrongs,” said Garaufis, who prosecutors say was targeted for murder by Basciano, who is known as “Vinny Gorgeous.”

“No words are strong enough to convey the depravity with which he lived his free life.”

The 51-year-old gangster is already serving a life sentence for a previous murder. He strode into the courtroom smiling and carrying a carton filled with legal papers.

Asked if he wanted to make a statement about murder victim Randolph Pizzolo, Basciano instead whined about his woes.

“I’m broke, I have no money,” he said during a rambling speech, griping that he was denied a fair trial and demanding a new lawyer so he could sue an inmate who snitched on him.

The Basciano jury cited Massino’s bloodier past – including a dozen murders – in deciding on a life sentence rather than death for Vinny Gorgeous.

Basciano was convicted of capital murder for ordering a November 2004 mob hit against Bonanno associate Pizzolo. He was previously found guilty in the 2001 murder of Bronx junkie Frank Santoro.

He’s headed for the super-maximum security prison in Florence, Colo., where he will join the worst of the worst inmates in Cell Block H.

Basciano’s neighbors will include terrorists like World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and shoe-bomber Richard Reid.

Despite his claimed lack of cash, prosecutors said they intend to collect a $5 million forfeiture order from Basciano’s prior trial – and repay the Pizzolo family $21,000 in funeral expenses.

The judge noted that Basciano is proof there is no glory in the Mafia. “Basciano stands here today, proof of its reality – a crumbling facade, beneath which lies a bleak, pathetic and ignorant life,” Garaufis said.