Dean DePreta will stay in jail pending trial on federal charges that he ran the Gambino gambling rackets in Fairfield County, CT after U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons denied him bail as reported by Michael P. Mayko for the Stamford Advocate:
Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen convinced Fitzsimmons, at least for now, that DePreta could not be trusted to abide by conditions and laws. The prosecutor pointed out that DePreta is facing the same federal gambling and extortion charges that sent him to prison for 39 months in 2002. He further claimed that a source told the FBI that DePreta was involved in illegal activity while being supervised by the U.S. Probation Department following his release on that sentence.
The feds long have argued at bail and sentencing hearings that mobsters by definition are recidivists, and glad to see that at least one judge finally is reflecting that factor in her decision.