Colombo household capo, a ‘important hazard to the group,’ denied bail in union shakedown case
A jailed Colombo crime household capo’s bid for bail was shot down by a federal decide.
Brooklyn Federal Justice of the Peace Choose James Cho flatly rejected the attraction from attorneys representing ailing however nonetheless ornery 75-year-old Vincent Ricciardo, caught on wiretaps threatening to whack a union boss earlier than his arrest final month for an enormous union shakedown.
“The defendant is a big hazard to the group, given his historical past,” Cho dominated instantly after oral arguments Friday in a distant listening to. “There have been allegations as just lately as June of this 12 months of threatening a witness … and there’s a threat of flight.”
Arguments by protection counsel Kelley Sharkey about her consumer’s assorted well being woes fell on deaf ears as prosecutors detailed Ricciardo’s 50-year affiliation with organized crime and cited audio recordings of his violent threats made through the probe into an area labor union.
“We’ll ship folks he don’t know proper to his f—ing home,” Ricciardo mentioned in a single dialog recounted by prosecutors. In one other, Ricciardo appeared to reference his failing well being within the midst of a risk to kill a union boss.
“Let me inform you one thing,” he declared. “To show some extent? I might f—ing shoot him proper in entrance of his spouse and children. Name the police … How lengthy you assume I’m gonna final anyway?”
The mob veteran — supposedly too weak to placed on his personal socks — was presently housed within the Mecklenburg County Jail in North Carolina pending his return to New York. He was one among 14 suspects, together with reputed Colombo boss Andrew “Mush” Russo and his two high aides, busted final month within the Mafia takedown.
Federal prosecutor Devon Lash famous the defendant’s poor well being did nothing to gradual his position within the legal conspiracy.
“He’s a hazard to (a union official) no matter his medical situation,” mentioned Lash. “What we’re speaking about here’s a longtime member of a violent organized crime household, and he has a management position.”
Sharkey detailed an assortment of medical points going through the senior citizen gangster, together with coronary heart issues, kidney illness and extreme respiration points.
“He’s a scorching mess and I request the federal government enable us to proffer a bail package deal and permit the defendant to be launched right now to his spouse in North Carolina whereas beneath medical care,” she mentioned.
Prosecutors countered that this was the third federal labor racketeering case in opposition to Ricciardo, often known as “Vinny Unions” amongst his mob associates. And Cho was hardly swayed by the protection contentions about the necessity to let the mobster return to his spouse and residential.
“Defendant is charged with a number of severe crimes of violence,” mentioned Cho. “He threatened to kill somebody … This software fails to rebut the presumption that he needs to be detained.”