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CrimeNot guilty! Alleged Bonanno crime boss and his consigliere cleared of racketeering charges

22:35  13 march  2019
22:35  13 march  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Not guilty! Alleged Bonanno crime boss and his consigliere cleared of racketeering charges© Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News

The alleged head of the Bonanno crime family and his consigliere were acquitted Wednesday following a two-week trial racketeering that featured testimony from two mob rats.

Accused mafia boss Joseph (Joe C) Camarrano and his alleged lieutenant, John (Porky) Zancocchio were all smiles as they left Manhattan Federal Court. The men hugged their legal teams and other supporters but declined to comment.

The jury deliberated for less than a full day before acquitting them of racketeering. Zancocchio was also found not guilty of attempted assault in aid of racketeering.

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

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The reputed gangsters argued the feds wrongly targeted them because of their Italian heritage. The government’s case relied heavily on two cooperating witnesses — Peter Lovaglio and Stephen Sabella — who seemed more loathsome than the men on trial. Lovaglio, whose nickname is “Petey BS,” testified he hit a retired police officer with a glass in Staten Island, partially blinding him. Sabella confessed to posting racial and homophobic comments on Zancocchio’s granddaughter’s Facebook page weeks before the trial began.

Prosecutors promised details about Cammarano and Zancocchio shaking down a demolition company, construction company and employees of a Staten Island dump site. But testimony revealed few details about the pair’s alleged involvement in what prosecutors described as a “sophisticated crime organization.”

“The government did not meet their burden,” Zancocchio attorney John Meringolo said.

“The government has to evaluate their use of cooperating witnesses because of their motivation to tell stories the government wants to hear.”

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