Seems like things for the Colombo Crime Family just continue to get worse. Colombo Family “street boss” Thomas Gioeli known as “Tommy Shots” and family consigliere Joel Cacace known as “Joe Waverly” seem to have the rats stacking up against them. Both Colombo family members were charged 13 months ago with 6 mafia murders including the 1997 killing of a NY City police officer could end up facing the death penalty. It was reported last week that Colombo Family Capo Dino Calabro knowns as “Big Dino” had decided to turn rat and testify against the crime family leaders. But now it seems that the fed’s have another ace in the hole.
Reports now claim that long time Colombo family mobster Frank Sparaco known as “Frankie Blue Eyes” who is a close friend of jailed family boss Alphonse Persico will also testify against Cacace and Gioeli. Sparaco already in jail after he was indicted on murder conspiracy charges along with Theodore Persico – Brother of boss Alphonse Persico in 1993. Sparaco was deeply involved in the Colombo Family fued that developed in the eatly 1990′s which left atleast 12 Colombo family members and associates dead. Sparaco made his decision to turn states evidence and testify as the Fed’s were considering hitting him with new murder charges stemming from the gangland hit on bar owner Michael Devine back in 1992. Recent family turncoat Calabro is reported to have supplied the Fed’s with information on the hit which was reportedly ordered from prison by Allie Persico.
Sparaco who is still serving his recent sentence was not scheduled to be released until 2014 and the new charges could have kept him in prison for life. Sources are reporting that Calabro was testify that Tommy Shots Gioeli was involved in atleast 5 mafia murders one of which was the killing of William Cutolo knowns as “Wild Bill” the former underboss of the crime family. Calabro could also link Gioeli to the killing of Colombo gangster John Minerva and an associate during the Colombo Family wars. Sparaco who was also involved in many killings during the Colombo war as behalf of the Persico faction can also shed light on the Minerva killing which there are also 3 other Colombo mobsters being charged.
Sparaco guilty plea in 1993 covered 5 mafia murders so he like Calabro has a long history of mafia violence. Calabro in the current indictment was charged with 8 mafia murders which would most certainly put him away for life if convicted. The decisions by Calabro and now long time family member Sparaco have really shaken the already staggered Colombo Crime Family. The fallout will with out a doubt be felt through out the family and it will be tough for the Colombo’s to take another strong hit the Fed’s.