Unheard of Is Heard: Some Bonannos Granted Severance in Lufthansa Case

DiFiore has finally earned a victory in court, it would appear.

Vincent Asaro said categorically, "We're going to trial."

He should've said "trials."

A federal judge has granted a motion filed by  Thomas "Tommy D" DiFiore's attorneys that allows for the Bonanno acting street boss and two other Bonannos, Jack Bonventre and John "Bazoo" Ragano, to have a separate trial in the high-profile Lufthansa-related case. Sort of...

The court also vacated a prior ruling denying Ragano's motion for severance. But....

The difficulty is in the language of the judge's order -- or rather how to  interpret it.

"Bonventre, Ragano and DiFiore shall be tried on the extortion counts," Brooklyn Federal Judge Allyne Ross ordered, but "the government should determine whether Vincent and Jerome [Asaro] will be tried on the extortion counts in the same trial as the other defendants or in connection with a later trial" for murder and other charges.



Jack Bonventre
So while Tommy D and the others may still be tried with the Asaros for extortion and related crimes, the murder, Lufthansa-related crimes and racketeering charges will not be included to possibly taint all five mobsters before the jury. [Note: Gangland News today is reporting that Bonventre is also to be tried twice, but this information is not in the judge's written ruling. Also, the first trial, with DiFiore, is slated for January, with an anonymous and partially sequestered jury.]

Nevertheless a severance in this case could be seen as a large victory for the defense.

As Jerry Capeci has acknowledged, this is pretty unheard of stuff. "Normally, the likelihood of success for severance motions in racketeering cases involving five mobsters in one crime family ranges from very slim to none. In this case, the chance that either severance motion will pass muster is even more remote than the norm."

Tommy D, who has been desperately seeking bail since his arrest on extortion charges this past January, can finally chalk one up in the "win" column... But he's more than likely still ready to strangle Vinny Asaro, whose big mouth is the only reason DiFiore is part of the Lufthansa indictment and now living in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since January.

Asaro has quite the colorful way with words, as well, as a wiretap revealed: "I had a big fight with [Tommy D] the other day. He took $15,000. I want to kill this motherfucker! He's a cocksucker. Makes Joey Massino look like St. Anthony, motherfucker."

Dominick Cicale, former Bonanno capo, told Cosa Nostra News: "We had Asaro shelved. He came out of the woodwork. Shows the level of idiot on the street these days."

Only the Asaros face potential life sentences.

While Lufthansa was touted in headlines around the world following the Bonanno bust this past January, only Vincent Asaro, 72, is linked to Lufthansa. Asaro was in charge of the airport for the family at the time of the robbery. Court papers say he took part in “several planning meetings” with Burke.

Asaro is not very popular among wiseguys these days.
But was he ever, really?

Other crimes alleged in the indictment predate the airport heist. A homicide was allegedly committed in 1969 by Vincent Asaro who later told an informant that he and Burke had killed Paul Katz in 1969 with a dog chain. Asaro had suspected that Katz was an informant, he told the actual informant.

Then in the mid-1980s, Asaro ordered his son and another man to dig up the corpse and rebury it somewhere else after Burke revealed that an NYPD detective was looking into Katz’s disappearance, according to court papers.

Asaro was observed on that day driving past the scene of the excavation.

Later on the same day he was also seen chatting with Bonanno soldier and co-defendant John Ragano. Asaro apparently was very upset, court papers noted, adding that “agents observed him drive into a metal pillar.” (We note again: would have been a great scene for "The Sopranos.")

Asaro's other alleged crimes include ordering the early-1980s firebombing of a mobbed-up bar on Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park. Called "Afters," the Feds said the watering hole “was named for after Lufthansa. ”

The indictment also claims that Asaro muscled a path for himself into the pornography business, and that he also robbed $1.25 million worth of gold salts from FedEx (gold salts are apparently used as an ingredient in medicinal treatments).

The five defendants were arraigned in Federal District Court in Brooklyn and ordered held without bail.


Comments

  1. Tommy D is mad.....when he found out the feds were reading thier emails and listening to phone calls... a order came down that nothing and i mean nothing comes in or out with out his approval...not a letter or phone call....He does not care if it's family or a girl you have a hard on for NO APPROVAL NO LETTER, EMAIL OR PHONE CALL ...in his words shut the F up...cause in his eyes if you kept your mouth shout we would not be FUCKING HERE....just saying not that I heard this from anyone

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  2. Tommy D is mad.....when he found out the feds were reading thier emails and listening to phone calls... a order came down that nothing and i mean nothing comes in or out with out his approval...not a letter or phone call....He does not care if it's family or a girl you have a hard on for NO APPROVAL NO LETTER, EMAIL OR PHONE CALL ...in his words shut the F up...cause in his eyes if you kept your mouth shut we would not be FUCKING HERE....just saying not that I heard this from anyone

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  3. Wish you'd told me that, Mrs. Bazooka!

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