John "Sonny" Franzese, the former underboss of the Colombo family, is slated to be released from prison on June 25 as reported by ABC7 WLS: "he is said to be blind, deaf, and in need of a wheelchair," and "the one-time mob brute may not be overly aware of his change in surroundings."
During the 1960s through the 1980s Franzese had partnered with Genovese capo Matty Ianniello to open through front names many of New York's gay bars including the Stonewall Inn.
A February 1965 FBI report identified Franzese as "the fastest growing and most prominent shylock in the Greater New York area," and "has been engaged in taking over New York night clubs through his shylocking enterprise." Among Franzese's low-level enforcement goons who administered beatdowns to deadbeats was cop killer Frank Falco.
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