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Daily Archives: July 22nd, 2009

Most Wanted CapturedA reputed Genovese crime family capo beat the rap Tuesday in a gangland murder after more than a decade on the lam – but he could still end up behind bars for 20 years.

Mobster Michael (Mikey Cigars) Coppola showed little emotion when a Brooklyn federal jury returned a surprise acquittal in the 1977 execution of New Jersey gangster John (Johnny Coca Cola) Lardiere.
The jury convicted Coppola, 63, of two counts of racketeering, which could put him away for up to 20 years when he’s sentenced in October. A homicide conviction could have brought life in prison
A DNA test Coppola tried to avoid for years may have led to his acquittal. Test results after his capture showed hairs found in a hat at the crime scene matched Coppola – and 11 million other white men
“We’re pleased that the centerpiece of the govenment’s case was decided correctly,” defense lawyer Henry Mazurek said
The verdict probably cost the feds some leverage in trying to convince Coppola to cooperate in the unsolved murder of another Genovese wiseguy, Lawrence Ricci, who was whacked in the middle of his labor racketeering trial in 2007
Investigators believe Coppola’s longtime crime partner, Tino Fiumara, ordered the brazen hit on Ricci.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Dennehy said Coppola controlled Local 1235 of the International Longshoremen’s Association – the crime family’s “golden goose” – for 33 years.
Coppola nodded and mouthed the words, “It’s O.K.,” to his wife, Linda, after the verdict.
thanks  John Marzulli
augwest says
Who cares? He’ll die in prison. One less pathetic lowlife off the streets.
From Brooklyn says
This will be a La Costra nostra till the day I die” rats will only bring the guilty to light. This thing we have here. There is nothing to feel guilty about. Remember you took the OMERTA, Watch out wanna bees dont take the oath cause the books are open. You may just get two behind the ear.
paulgallagher says
Anthony Fiato response to Paul Gallagher
  I cant believe you are so  uber unknowledgeable. Genovese Soldier, “Joe cargo”  Valachi,  set the  gold  standard  for snitches.
Anthony Fiato aka  “The Animal”