The Colombo crime family’s leadership is breathing a little more easily – for now. The cause for guarded celebration was a jury’s statement in Brooklyn federal court that it could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of reputed family boss Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico and underboss John “Jackie” DeRoss. In a note to U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson, jurors said they could not break a deadlock after five days of deliberations following a five-week trial. Persico, 52, and DeRoss, 69, had been charged with ordering the 1999 murder of Colombo family underboss William “Wild Bill” Cutolo, and the attempted 2001 murder of a Colombo soldier, Joseph Campanella. Cutolo’s body was never found.
Union corruption figures in this case. As reported here in the previous issue, Alphonse Persico is doing prison time for his role in masterminding a massive stock fraud scheme. He and various corrupt stock brokers, including … Read More ➡