Victor Bruno, the son of slain Genovese capo Big Al, held a press conference on Thursday to grouse about the feds for not doing more to protect his father from the 2003 hit on his life in Springfield, MA as reported by Stephanie Barry for The Republican:
"The FBI knew my father's life was in danger. Yet, they took no steps to adequately notify him other than a brief, informal and impromptu meeting by Special Agent Cliff Hedges when my dad was eating pizza," Bruno said, referring to a meeting between his father and the Springfield agent in 2002 who was later memorialized in a presentencing report for Emilio Fusco, the latest defendant tried in connection with Adolfo Bruno's death.
The information in the presentencing report that Big Al had met with the FBI to discuss the mob allegedly was a catalyst for his subsequent hit, and the mobster's son contends it never should have been included in the court-filed document for the world to see.
Earlier this month Fusco was acquitted in the Bruno murder. Fusco's three co-defendant, including onetime Genovese acting boss Arthur Nigro, were convicted last year for their roles in the Bruno slaying, and are now serving life sentences.
The government's case rested largely on the testimony of flipped gangsters including Genovese capo Anthony "Bingy" Arillotta pursuant to a plea deal with federal prosecutors.