'Tumultuous' Times to Follow Rizzuto's Return

From Canada.com:

Former Montreal mob boss
Vito Rizzuto to leave U.S.
prison in six months.

In less than six months Vito Rizzuto, a man described in the past as ``the Godfather'' of the Mafia in Montreal, is expected to return to a city whose underworld has undergone a seismic change in his absence.

After serving five years in a U.S. prison, Rizzuto, 66, is expected to re-enter Canada a free man. And experts predict 2012 will be another tumultuous year for organized crime in Montreal, as the once untouchable criminal family Rizzuto headed moves to reassert its dominance against a shadowy enemy that has decimated its ranks.

The detention part of the sentence Rizzuto received in 2007 for his role in a plot to kill three mafia captains in 1981 - part of an internal struggle within the Bonanno crime family in New York - is expected to end on Oct. 6.

When Rizzuto pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge in 2007 that encapsulated the three murders, He was required to provide an allocution as part of the plea. He was reluctant to reveal his role in the now-infamous triple homicide, portrayed inaccurately in the 1997 film Donnie Brasco. The prosecution had a statement from an informant alleging Rizzuto took part in the ambush with other mobsters, his gun blazing. But in his allocution Rizzuto only admitted to being armed when Alphonse (Sonny Red) Indelicato, Philip (Phil Lucky) Giaccone and Dominick (Big Trin) Trinchera were invited to a club in Brooklyn, where they were murdered...

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