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Picture  of  Robert McKelvey killed inside the Kreischer Mansion
 Bonanno    soldier   Gino Galestro

A Bonanno soldier who authorized a grisly mob hit at a “haunted” house on Staten Island was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for racketeering today.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Allyne Ross rejected Gino Galestro’s pleas for leniency after the victim’s sister told a courtroom packed with the wiseguy’s supporters that her brother was a “stupid kid” who didn’t deserve to die.

Galestro, 41, who pleaded guilty to racketeering last year, was free on bail in a separate mob case when he gave the green light for his crew to kill mob underling Robert McKelvey, 39, in March 2005.

“He got a slap. He had a chance,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Winston Chan, noting that Galestro got a 1½-year sentence in the earlier case. “He decided to commit the worst crime he could possibly do, to become involved in a murder.”

Members of Galestro’s crew lured McKelvey to the notoriously creepy Kreischer Mansion when they learned he’d been boasting about his mob crimes. They stabbed and drowned him before dismembering his body and burning it in a furnace.

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