98-year-old Colombo underboss John "Sonny" Franzese is serving an eight-year prison term following his July 2010 racketeering conviction, and now federal prosecutors are moving to seize $10,000 from his commissary account for partial restitution of the protection money he shook down from the Hustler Club as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News. Sonny's mobster-turned-evangelical son Michael is having a hissy fit over the money grab:
"The government should be as diligent fighting ISIS as they are trying to take food money from a 98-year-old inmate," Michael Franzese, the gangster's son, told The News. "Believe me, it really hurts him what they're doing," he said.
The family has applied for the wheelchair-bound gangster's compassionate release but have not yet received a reply from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
Frankly, rather than shilling for his father, Michael Franzese might better serve God by expressing some Christian compassion for all of Sonny's victims. Sonny once claimed involvement with at least 60 gangland hits, and at the January 2011 sentencing hearing Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina Posa said he "has literally gotten away with murder for decades," and "for him to die now as a criminal in jail is not an inappropriate response to the lifestyle he lived" as reported by Mitchel Maddux for the New York Post. Amen.
If Sonny wants release from prison, then he can do it the old-fashioned way by flipping for Team America.