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Daily Archives: February 23rd, 2011

Republican file photo by Dave Roback |Springfield detectives at the scene of the murder of Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society in Springfield's South End

 Arthur “Artie” Nigro, the reputed Genovese acting boss accused of ordering the hit on  New England mob boss Adolfo  “Big Al” Bruno, appeared in U.S. District Court in Manhattan  for a pre-trial hearing with co-defendants, Fotios “Freddy” Geas, and his brother Ty Geas, mob enforcers for Genovese Springfield, Massachusetts street boss Anthony “Bingy”Arillotta, a major player in the Bruno murder who flipped-to the-feds .  Read The Story by Stephanie Barry,The Republican

 NEW YORK – When they weren’t serving prison time, local defendants in an upcoming mob murder trial essentially crafted a long-term business around robbing drug dealers, extorting business owners, roughing up rivals and taking out suspected informants, according to federal prosecutors.

Fotios “Freddy” Geas, 44, of West Springfield, and his brother, Ty Geas, 39, of Westfield, appeared along with co-defendant Arthur “Artie” Nigro, the onetime alleged boss of the New York-based Genovese crime family, at their final pretrial hearing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday.

The hearing lasted nearly three hours and was scheduled for lawyers to wrangle over which evidence U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel will allow a jury to hear in the final stretch of pretrial maneuverings, a prelude to what is expected to be a month-long trial starting with jury selection on March 8.