Washington Times: Two in Mob Family Convicted, but not for Killing CopMay 9, 2012 in News
The Washington Times recently wrote about our work on a case involving Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli:
A reputed Mafia boss and a co-defendant were convicted Wednesday on racketeering charges, but they were acquitted of the most-shocking crime in their federal case: the unsolved gangland slaying of an off-duty New York Police Department officer in 1997.
In a blow to prosecutors, a jury delivered the mixed verdict for the defendants Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli, the reputed former boss of the Colombo crime family, and reputed mob soldier Dino “Little Dino” Saracino on its fifth day of deliberations in federal court in Brooklyn.
Gioeli, 59, had been charged in a total of six killings, including that of Officer Ralph Dols, dating to the 1990s. Jurors found that he and Saracino were involved in murder plots but also concluded that prosecutors failed to prove they actually killed Dols or the others.
The two defendants smiled broadly and slapped their attorneys’ backs after the jury left the courtroom. They face up to 20 years in prison at sentencing Sept. 14. The murder counts had carried a possible life term.
Outside court, defense attorney Adam Perlmutter said the verdict was a repudiation of the government’s star witness, admitted assassin Dino “Big Dino” Calabro.
“It’s clear [jurors] rejected the vast majority of what Dino Calabro had to say,” Mr. Perlmutter said.
Prosecutors had no immediate comment.