Saturday, April 18, 2009
A feared mob capo who helped run the Gambino crime family for John "Dapper Don" Gotti was sent to the slammer for more than 13 years for two murders and a slew of racketeering crimes yesterday.
The lengthy prison term could prove to be a life sentence for Nicholas Corozzo, 69, who fled authorities last year and spent four months on the lam.
"The defendant has led a despicable life," Assistant US Attorney Roger Burlingame said in court papers that traced Corozzo's mob activity back 50 years.
"If the defendant is ever released again, there is no doubt that he will dive right back into the life he long ago swore to uphold until his death."
In his August 2008 guilty plea, Corozzo admitted to a slew of racketeering crimes, including the 1996 slayings of mob associate Robert Arena and his pal Thomas Maranga, who died in a hail of 40 bullets.