Kevin McMahon, the Gambino associate who testified at the 2009 racketeering trial against family hitman Charles Carneglia resulting in the latter's conviction, himself "dodged a life sentence for two gangland murders and was sentenced to time served - less than five years in prison" as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News.
The hit apparently was prompted by Gotti's insistence at an earlier trial that he had quit the Mafia in 1999. The defense says it shows that Junior's former colleagues believed the retirement claim enough to want him dead.
Earlier in the week Gambino associate Kevin McMahon testified about the 1990 murder of Louis DiBono in a World Trade Center garage as reported by Bruce Golding for the New York Post, and he claimed that Junior "did not put him on the hit crew" as former Gotti pal John Alite earlier testified; rather, "McMahon said he tagged along at the last minute."
The government obtained the photos from mob rat Kevin McMahon, who testified the Sicilian-born actor visited the Fountain Auto Mall junkyard "a couple of times." Sivero "had some kind of problem with somebody in jail, I am not exactly positive," McMahon said. Sivero's agent, Mitchell Shankman, declined to comment.
Sivero had a minor role in Goodfellas "whose Frankie Carbone character was found hanging from a meat hook in a refrigerated truck."
Most people are familiar with the film, in which Palminteri played the gangster, Sonny, who befriends little Cologio, much to the chagrin of the boy's bus-driver dad (De Niro). * * * In the play, Palminteri shows how he became fascinated as a boy by the local mobsters and their ways. He hung out at their bar. "I would get them coffee and cake and throw the dice for them and cut the lemons and the limes," he says. Sonny, the top gangster, had a particular hold on the boy. "He read Machiavelli and he was a pretty interesting guy. I would put him on one side and my father on the other." That moral tug-of-war is the heart of Palminteri's account of growing up at the corner of 187th and Belmont Avenue. "My father used to say it doesn't take much strength to pull a trigger," says the actor, but "to get up every morning and work" took a will his father wanted the boy to appreciate. He says his play "is a tribute to the working people."
Kevin McMahon never had a chance. Both his parents were junkies. McMahon was born addicted to heroin, he said Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court. Then, when he was 6, Mommy and her boyfriend killed Daddy. Mommy went away. Grandma took little Kevin in for a few years, but she couldn't handle him in their rough East New York neighborhood, so when, he said, he was 12 or 13, she threw him out into it. He slept in alleys and yards, and one day, he found a cabana and went inside. He was discovered by the owner. The good news: The owner and his wife took Kevin into their home, and over time, they essentially adopted him. The bad news: The owner was top John Gotti hit man John Carneglia. And he took Kevin right under his gun-bearing wing. A teenager. Perfect chum. Just the age when kids with not enough love or luck are feeling the most vulnerable. And McMahon isn't the only one the Mafia grabbed at this impressionable age. Peter Zucarro, ho also testified at the ongoing trial of mob hit man Charles Carneglia, John's younger brother, said that he was about 13 when neighborhood mobsters started giving him money for doing errands, sucking him in. "I wanted to be just like them," Zucarro said. One problem: The mob is like a Roach Motel. You crawl in, but you can't crawl out. Both Zucarro and McMahon and other informants have referred to themselves as "property." The capos owned them. In this democracy, they volunteered to live in a military dictatorship. They obeyed any order. Anything to feel like they belonged.
McMahon was as close as you can get without being a relative. * * * McMahon was not only a member of Carneglia's crime crew, he was like a member of the Carneglia family. In 1980, McMahon was a 12-year-old Irish kid from Howard Beach "at the beginning of his long and extraordinarily close relationship" with Charles Carneglia and his brother John, court papers show. McMahon is 20 years younger than Charles, 62, and John, 64. On a fateful day in March, McMahon lent his minibike to mob scion Frank Gotti who was accidentally hit and killed by neighbor John Favara as he drove home from work. Favara was slain on Gotti's orders and, prosecutors say, Charles Carneglia dissolved his body in a barrel of acid. Before the incident, McMahon had been "informally adopted" by John and Charles Carneglia. Charles Carneglia promised to protect the lad from retaliation for his role in Frankie's death.
"McMahon was treated as a member of the Carneglia family, living with them for long stretches, attending family dinners and going on Carneglia family vacations," and "he and Carneglia took part in extortions, art fraud and robberies, including the stickup of an armored car at Kennedy Airport in 1990 in which guard Jose Rivera Delgado was shot to death."