Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Two to stand trial for Uva, Boccia slayings


Gangland racketeering-murders more than a decade old will soon be tried in Brooklyn federal court, according to a story by William K. Rashbaum of the New York Times.

Dominick Pizzonia (far left), 65, and Alfred "Freddy" DiConiglio, 77, are charged in the case. The two men are jointly accused of the 1988 murder of Frank Boccia. Pizzonia is also charged with the 1992 murders of Thomas and Rosemarie Uva and with gambling and loansharking.
Prosecutors say Pizzonia is a captain in the Gambino Crime Family.

John A. "Junior" Gotti was named as a conspirator in the case yesterday, but he was not officially charged. Gotti has long been mentioned in connection with the Uva slayings, but he has denied any involvement.

Thomas and Rosemarie Uva (right) made a brief but memorable criminal career out of raiding Mafia social clubs in New York. Thomas carried an Uzi submachine gun on the raids, while Rosemarie drove the getaway car. Their career ended on Christmas Eve, 1992, as the couple's car stopped at a red traffic light in Ozone Park, Queens.

Boccia, son-in-law of reputed mobster Anthony Ruggiano, was murdered in June 1988. Rumors linked Boccia's slaying with his physical mistreatment of Ruggiano's wife.

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