God flushed the toilet, and just sent Gennaro "Gerry Lang" Langella to hell.
The one-time Colombo underboss had been imprisoned since the mid-1980s, and he died on Sunday at 74 "in the U.S. Medical Center for Prisons in Springfield, Missouri, a facility for federal inmates with chronic medical problems" as reported by Virginia N. Sherry for the Staten Island Advance.
Such is the life.
An appellate court described Langella's conviction and sentencing history in a 2010 opinion rejecting his never-ending bid for parole:
Langella's convictions stemmed from his involvement in the Colombo Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra, a criminal enterprise that for many years engaged in racketeering, extortion, loan-sharking, embezzlement, bribery, and various other illegal schemes in New York City. In 1985, Langella received a ten-year prison sentence for making false statements to a grand jury. In 1986 and 1987, Langella was convicted of racketeering offenses related to the construction industry. Specifically, Langella and his coconspirators managed to control concrete-pouring jobs in Manhattan and extort payoffs from contractors as a price for allowing them to submit successful bids on construction jobs. The aggregate prison term for all three convictions exceeded 101 years, and when Langella was last sentenced in 1987, the sentencing judge recommended that he never be released on parole. The Department of Justice produced a report in connection with Langella's sentence that identified Langella as one of the most dangerous criminals in the country and recommended that he serve the maximum term of incarceration permitted by law.
Langella made his first bid for parole in 1996, and at that hearing David N. Kelley, then-Chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Unit of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, testified that several cooperating witnesses and informants -- including grim reaper Gregory Scarpa Sr. -- had "identified Langella as being responsible for ordering murders carried out by the Colombo Family."
Although the Mafia and its apologists insist that the so-called men of honor are not involved in the drug trade the basis for Langella's 1985 conviction was his false statements to the grand jury concerning his attendance at May 6, 1981 meeting where the Colombo and DeCavalcante crime families met to divide turf for narcotics distribution.
The drug trade has always been the most lucrative racket for organized crime, and at the end of the day Langella was nothing more than a degenerate doper.