Two men from the Colombo organized crime family, Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico and John “Jackie” DeRoss, were sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 murder for Colombo family underboss William “Wild Bill” Cutolo. They were also charged for witness tampering.
Sentenced to life in prison for murder and witness tampering were Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico, the acting boss of the Colombo organized crime family and Colombo administration member, John “Jackie” DeRoss.
The sentencing was announced by Benton J. Campbell, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and released in a press statement on the FBI website. Sentencing was held before U.S. District Judge Joanne Seybert, U.S. Courthouse, Central Islip, New York.
Evidence established during an eight week trial late in 2007 that Persico and DeRoss ordered the murder of Cutolo. They ordered the murder because they thought he was close to taking control Persico’s Colombo family. The murder was also in retribution for Cutolo’s actions in the “Colombo War” of the early 1990’s.
During the Colombo War, Cutolo attempted to take over control of the crime family from Persico and father Carmine “The Snake” Persico,” who was the official boss of the family.
The murder plot of 1999 included a summons from Persico to Cutolo to a meeting. Cutolo was dropped off at the designated meeting spot, at a park in Brooklyn, by an auto mechanic and was never seen or heard from again.
On the night of the disappearance, DeRoss watched over Cutolo’s crew at the spot they held their customary Wednesday dinner, Cutolo’s Friendly Bocce Social Club, Brooklyn. The Cutolo crew was awaiting his arrival. When Cutolo did not show up, DeRoss pretended surprise and told Cutolo’s son to call his father. The next morning DeRoss showed up at the Cutolo home and asked Marguerite where her husband’s money was.
Persico and DeRoss were found guilty of witness tampering because they threatened Cutolo’s family; Marguerite Cutolo (widow), Barbara Jean Cutolo (daughter) and William Cutolo, Jr. (son). The evidence presented at trial included a secretly made recording of threats DeRoss made against the Cutolo family in March, 2000. Because of the threats made by DeRoss against the Cutolo family, they withheld information from investigators for years.
Following the convictions of the defendants, Cutolo’s body was recovered on October 6, 2008. Cutolo had been buried in a field in Farmingdale, New York after being shot.
U.S. Attorney Campbell stated that the life sentences the criminal careers of two powerful New York mafia figures to a close. Mr. Campbell praised the work of the FBI in the investigation.
Prosecutors for the government were Assistant United States Attorneys John Buretta, Jeffrey Goldberg and Debra Goldberg.
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