Thursday, February 28, 2008
An indictment unsealed this morning in Brooklyn federal court named Domenico "Danny" Cutaia (left), 71, an "acting captain" in the crime family. It named Michael "Mikey Bones" Corcione, 67, John Baudanza (Domenico Cutaia's son-in-law), 38, and Salvatore Cutaia, 48, as made members - soldiers - of the organization. Those four defendants, along with alleged crime family associates Steven LaPella, 45, and Victor Sperber, 57, were charged with racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and other crimes.
Alleged associates Louis Colello, 64, and John Rodopolous, 46, were charged with extortion and illegal gambling, respectively.
If convicted, Domenico Cutaia, Baudanza and Sperber face maximum prison terms of 30 years, Salvatore Cutaia, Colello, Corcione and LaPella face possible 20-year terms, and Rodopolous could be sentenced up to five years. Prosecutors are also seeking financial forfeitures, including Baudanza's home.
Federal prosecutors have offered plea deals to all but two of the 62 people arrested in Feb. 7 raids directed against alleged members of the Gambino Crime Family, according to stories by the Associated Press and John Marzulli of the New York Daily News. Only Charles Carneglia and Nicholas Corozzo were excluded.
Reputed Gambino Family lieutenant Corozzo remains at large. He is charged with racketeering-related murder. He was also indicted for extortion and gambling offenses. Carneglia, reputed soldier in the crime family, is accused of five killings through three decades. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Letters containing the plea offers were passed out to defendants at yesterday's hearing in Brooklyn's federal court. A complete list of defendants in the case, as assembled by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, is shown below:
Age: 41 :
RICHARD G. GOTTI,
ANGELO RUGGIERO, JR.,
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