DeCavalcante Capo Cops to Planning Rival's Murder

DeCavalcante crime family capo Charles Stango yesterday admitted to planning the murder of an organized crime rival, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a press release.

Stango, 72, of Henderson, Nevada, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court to one count of knowingly using an interstate facility – the telephone – with the intent to murder a rival.
Charles Stango
Charles Stango

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He also pleaded guilty to violating the terms of his supervised release, which he was serving following his imprisonment on racketeering charges in New York.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Stango was arrested on April 14, 2015, along with a crew of DeCavalcante members and associates who operated in New Jersey and elsewhere.

Stango admitted that he used the telephone to plan the murder of a crime family rival (identified in court papers as “Victim 1”).

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Based on tape recorded evidence uncovered during the investigation, Stango believed that Victim 1 had falsely held himself out to be a "made man" within the family structure.  Stango refused to recognize Victim 1's alleged new status.

Stango also believed that Victim 1 had intentionally insulted a high-ranking family member, which Stango felt deserved the ultimate punishment. He offered up to $50,000 to two assassins to carry out the order. The two assassins were, in fact, undercover FBI agents. (Law enforcement officials closed down the investigation to ensure Victim 1’s safety.)


Six of Stango’s co-defendants, including his son, Anthony Stango, have pleaded guilty to various crimes – including distribution of significant amounts of cocaine and attempting to set up a prostitution business.

The count to which Stango pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 28, 2017.