A Columbo crime family hit man who’s admitted to murdering several people dished the dirt on his “friend” Dino “Big Dino” Calabro in court on Monday, describing all of the attrocities the suspected murderer committed.
Joseph “Joey Caves” Competiello, an acknowledged member of the Colombo crime family, admitted to several horrendous crimes himself, according to the New York Post, telling Brooklyn jurors on Monday that he had committed several murders, a bungled bank robbery, and the theft of large quantities of laundry detergent.
But he committed some of the crimes with “My friend Dino,” Competiello told shocked jurors, when an assistant U.S. Attorney asked him to identify any other members of the Columbo crime family in the Brooklyn courtroom.
Competiello, who claims to have an iron-clad plea arrangement with federal prosecutors, also accused Calabro’s co-defendant Thomas “Tommy shots” Gioeli of being his former street boss.
It was the latest bombshell to hit the two-week-old trial over Calabro and Gioeli, reputed mob button men who have been accused of committing several murders, including the slaying of Sheepshead Bay cop Ralph Dols.
Prosecutors claim that Gioeli killed Dols after opening fire on the off-duty cop as he left the apartment he shared with Kimberly Kennaugh, the ex-wife of then-Colombo acting boss Joel Cacace.
Cacace ordered the hit against Dols — even though he was an NYPD housing cop — because he felt disrespected that his ex-wife was sleeping with a police officer, Posa told the jury.
But Gioeli’s attorneys swatted away the testimony from turncoat mobsters — claiming that Calabro was trying to save his own skin.
Several mobsters have agreed to testify against Gioeli after hammering out deals with federal prosecutors to get a light sentence on murders they have committed, the defense claimed.
Jail for the holidays
A suspected bank robber known as the “Holiday Bandit” threw himself on the mercy of the court last month, claiming that it was his fierce addiction to heroin that caused him to rob more than half a dozen banks throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
But Brooklyn Federal Judge Sterling Johnson made sure that Marat Mikhaylich wouldn’t be spending any more holidays at home when he sentenced the suspect to a lengthy jail sentence for nine armed bank robberies.
Mikhaylich — who gained his nickname after he started his bank robbery spree during the 2010 holiday season — said he was high on heroin when he was nabbed on his way to pull bank job No. 10 last year.
“I’d like to apologize to the victims of the crimes,” Mikhaylich, 36, told the judge. “I did not mean to cause any harm to them and I understand they didn’t know what was in my head.”
“I hope I didn’t cause any permanent psychological damage,” he added.
But Mikhaylich’s plans were iron clad for a guy on drugs, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren LaVerne, who said the suspect carefully planned his crimes by using fake identification to purchase a 9-mm. handgun in Virginia, researched on the Internet which banks had been robbed recently, and even purchased a textbook called “Criminal Investigation of Bank Robberies.”
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