Thursday, September 6, 2007

Pizzonia gets 15 years for murder conspiracy

Dominick "Skinny Dom" Pizzonia, reputed lieutenant within the Gambino Crime Family, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder, according to a story by Trymaine Lee of the New York Times.

Pizzonia, 65, was convicted in May of involvement in the 1992 killings of Thomas and Rosemarie Uva of Queens (below). The Uvas had been engaging in the dangerous hobby of targeting Mafia clubs for robberies. With the Gambino, Bonanno and Colombo Crime Families all gunning for the couple, they were shot to death on Dec. 24, 1992.

Pizzonia was charged with committing the murders, but a jury found him guilty only of conspiring in them.

Defense attorneys had argued for a prison sentence of no more than 10 years. At sentencing, federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein called Pizzonia "a lifelong member of a vicious gang."

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