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."
Prosecutors allege the trail of bodies left behind by Carneglia includes those of a court officer gunned down in 1976 before he was to testify against Carneglia in a gun possession case; a Gambino associate stabbed to death in 1983 during an argument with Carneglia over money; a Gambino soldier killed on orders by John Gotti in 1990 in the parking lot of the World Trade Center; and an armored car security guard shot in the back during a heist in 1990.
The judge overseeing the trial refuses to allow prosecutors to introduce evidence that Carneglia allegedly used a vat of acid to dispose of John Favara who was murdered in retaliation for accidentally running over and killing John Gotti's twelve-year-old son Frankie in 1980:
Carneglia dissolved a murder victim's body in acid - and tossed the man's finger bones into another gangster's soup as proof, the feds charged Wednesday. * * * The feds say say Gambino soldier Angelo Ruggiero Sr. ordered him to dispose of Favara's body. Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Burlingame said Carngelia, a heavy drinker and druggie, initially botched the job. "He (Carneglia) did not choose an appropriate type of acid which meant the disposal of Favara's body took much longer than he expected," Burlingame said in court papers. Ruggiero upbraided Carneglia who "changed the acid" and successfully carried out the disposal. Later, Carneglia went to the Lindenwood Diner in Howard Beach to report the results to Ruggiero by "tossing Favara's finger bones into a bowl of chicken soup Ruggiero was eating," the prosecutor wrote.
A prison barber did wonders for Carneglia, transforming him from a scary Charles Manson look-alike to a craggy Gorton's Fisherman. Carneglia's ponytail is gone. The stringy, white hair and flowing beard have been neatly trimmed. * * * Despite the radical change, Carneglia's previous look was apparently burned indelibly in the mind of at least one prospective juror who got a glimpse of the old Charles last week in Brooklyn Federal Court on the first day of jury selection. "His appearance gave me the impression he was guilty," the anonymous juror told Judge Jack Weinstein. "He looked a little bit on the shady side with the ponytail and the beard." The juror was excused, and Carneglia glared at him as he left the room. Defense lawyer Curtis Faber insisted there is no plan to make Carneglia look less sinister.
Out of the 62 Gambino arrests last February, Carneglia is the only defendant to proceed to trial; 60 of those arrested entered into plea agreements, and the charges against one were dismissed. Other racketeering acts charged against Carneglia include "the shakedown of a Westbury restaurant in 2007, the robbery of Papavero's Funeral Home in Maspeth in 1995, and a 1994 kidnapping." Among those expected to testify against Carneglia are "Kevin McMahon, who gave Frank Gotti the bike he rode to his death when he was struck by Favara's car, and later befriended Carneglia, as well as John Gotti confidante Lewis Kasman, Gambino turncoat Michael DiLeonardo and reputed Gambino associate John Alite."
Charles "Charlie Canig" Carneglia, the reputed Gambino hitman scheduled to go to trial next month on five alleged murders, reportedly is fond of using acid to dispose of the bodies. According to court papers filed by federal prosecutors yesterday, Carneglia explained to an associate, who now is cooperating with authorities, "that acid was the best method to use to avoid detection":
The reputedly bloodthirsty mob killer - who sports long, scraggly hair and an unkempt beard - went so far as to keep vats of the caustic, flesh-eating liquid in his basement. When it came time to clean house, Carneglia asked the turncoat for help in moving the acid, and "alluded to the fact that the barrels had been used in connection with disposing of a number of bodies," Assistant US Attorney Roger Burlingame wrote. The turncoat told prosecutors he believed this expertise was "a key component of [Carneglia's] value to the Gambino family," the court papers say. Body disposal was a studied art for Carneglia, who also told the turncoat about the latest page-turner he'd picked up - a book on dismemberment.
Young Frankie Gotti was riding McMahon's minibike when the mob scion was fatally struck on 86th St. by Favara, who was briefly blinded by the setting sun as he drove home from work. Prosecutors say Carneglia "protected" McMahon from retaliation by the Dapper Don for lending his son the minibike and - in a bizarre twist - McMahon is the one ratting him out. No one could save Favara. He found the word Murderer scrawled on his auto and was attacked with a bat by Gotti's wife, Victoria, but failed to heed repeated warnings to move out of the area, sources said. Several weeks after the tragic accident, Favara was abducted outside the Castro Convertible warehouse where he worked in New Hyde Park, L.I.. Cops identified his killers as Gambino members John Carneglia, Charles' brother, Gene Gotti, Wilfred (Willie Boy) Johnson, Anthony Rampino and Richard (Redbird) Gomes. Favara was forced into a van, sources said, and shot in the legs. He was taken to another location in Brooklyn where he was killed and stuffed into a 55-gallon drum, sources said.