Gennaro Miele, a 62-year-old man from Niantic, CN who apparently claims ties to the Patriarca family, has been sentenced to 41 months for the 2010 home invasion of Nicola Melia, a 78-year-old man from Stamford, CN who federal prosecutors characterize as a Gambino associate as reported by Tim White for WPRI:
According to court documents Miele and two other men -- Napoleon Andrade of Central Falls and Stephen Conti of Swansea, Mass. -- drove to Melia’s home and posed as deliverymen. Andrade “football tackled” Melia who was then bound and blindfolded, according to court documents. The trio made off with roughly $216,000 in jewerly and cash. Investigators said the men targeted Melia because of an ongoing dispute over a loan-sharking debt.
Melia a/k/a "the Greaseball" was sentenced in December 2011 to five years "for loansharking and being a felon in possession of 40 hollow-point bullets" as then reported by Michael P. Mayko for the Connecticut Post: "at the time of his March arrest, Melia was still on federal supervision as a result of a 2005 racketeering conviction that also netted Anthony Megale, a Stamford resident who had risen to underboss in the Gambino crime family operation."