Last spring Emilio Fusco was acquitted for two gangland murders that took place in Springfield, MA but convicted on other charges including racketeering, extortion and drug trafficking conspiracies, and after the presiding judge denied his motion to vacate those convictions the reputed Genovese soldier will be sentenced on October 10 in Manhattan federal court as reported by Stephanie Barry for The Republican.
Fusco faces up to 45 years in prison.
If Fusco were convicted for his alleged role in the 2003 murders of Genovese capo Adolfo Bruno and mob associate Gary Westerman he undoubtedly would have been given life in prison. Fusco's three co-defendants, including onetime Genovese acting boss Arthur Nigro, were convicted last year for their roles in the Bruno slaying, and now are serving life sentences.
The government's case rested largely on the testimony of flipped gangsters including former Genovese capo Anthony "Bingy" Arillotta. The Genovese family has been a tough nut for the feds to crack, and flipping Arillotta was a major coup for Team America. Expect a round of indictments against a new line of defendants based on Arillotta's cooperation.