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Joseph Salvatore „Skinny Joey“ Merlino ist ein italienisch-amerikanischer Mobster der amerikanischen Cosa Nostra und gilt seit dem Jahr offiziell als Oberhaupt der Bruno-Familie, auch bekannt als Philly Mob oder Philadelphia-South Jersey. Joseph Salvatore „Skinny Joey“ Merlino (* März ) ist ein italienisch-amerikanischer Mobster der amerikanischen Cosa Nostra und gilt seit dem Jahr. Joey ernannte schließlich seinen ehemaligen Underboss, Steven Mazzone, zum neuen amtierenden Boss. Am 4. August wurde gegen Merlino und Joseph Salvatore „Skinny Joey“ Merlino (geboren März ) ist ein amerikanischer Mafioso glaubte der Chef der sein Philadelphia Verbrechen Familie. Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino - Philadelphia crime family.
Could this latest run-in with the feds be enough to influence Joey to finally retire from his Cosa Nostra family? With Joey being Joey that seems like a real longshot.
According to reports, he had visits from several Philly wiseguys while he was a guest of the government seemingly keeping him in the loop on current happenings.
Before he went away he reportedly installed Michael Mikey Lance Lancelotti as his new acting boss. And it seems that longtime Merlino friend and associate George Borgesi may be the current acting boss.
He will likely head back to Boca Raton and continue to run things from there through his trusted associates like Borgesi.
He also invited the press when he held Christmas parties for the homeless and gave away turkeys at Thanksgiving in housing projects. During this time, Merlino and Natale oversaw the crime family's gambling, loan sharking, extortion and stolen goods rackets.
In , Louis Turra, leader of the Philadelphia drug gang the 10th and Oregon crew also known as the 10th and O gang , was severely beaten by Merlino's men, allegedly for failing to pay a Mafia street tax on the gang's illegal earnings.
His father Anthony hosted a meeting at his house during which Anthony, Louis and his gang discussed killing Merlino.
In March , Anthony Turra, on trial on charges of plotting to kill Merlino, was shot dead outside his home by a gunman in a black ski mask.
He was shot twice as he left for the federal courthouse, where a jury was deliberating in the racketeering and drug case against him and four other men.
By the late s, Merlino dodged more than two dozen attempts on his life. On June 28, , Merlino was indicted and detained without bail on one charge of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and one charge of unlawful use of a communication facility in relation to a drug trafficking offense.
Six other men were also put on trial. The prosecution's case was aided by several of Merlino's former Mafia cohorts agreeing to cooperate with the government.
Natale agreed to cooperate in order to escape drug trafficking charges in Gaetano "Tommy Horsehead" Scafidi agreed to cooperate in while finishing a prison sentence due to fears that he would be murdered by Merlino's crew.
Peter "the Crumb" Caprio agreed to cooperate with the government in after being charged with two murders  and Ron Previte testified after becoming an undercover informant several years prior.
They all testified that Natale and Merlino started a mob war to take over the Philadelphia crime family and that Merlino committed various criminal acts in the s.
On July 20, , the jury returned a mixed verdict. Merlino was acquitted all of three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, however, was found guilty of racketeering charges including extortion, bookmaking and receiving stolen property.
Along with Merlino, six of his peers were also convicted of various racketeering related charges. Hutton gave Merlino a year prison sentence.
Commenting on his conviction, "Ain't bad," Merlino said. Merlino was released from the correctional facility on March 15, after serving almost 12 years of his sentence.
He was released 10 days early and was free of any post-release restrictions after he won an appeal from the U. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
After his release in , Merlino moved to Boca Raton , Florida. He was quoted in the interview stating "I want no part of that" and that there were "too many rats.
Merlino was arrested at his home in Florida and put on trial in New York City. Merlino was charged with one count of racketeering, one count of fraud and two counts of illegal gambling.
Merlino was accused of entering into illegal business arrangements with New York criminals in the Genovese crime family.
The other 45 men charged in the broad indictment accepted favorable plea bargains and pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
On February 20, Judge Richard J. Sullivan declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the four counts against Merlino.
He agreed to plead guilty to one charge of facilitating illegal gambling transactions via an electronic device in exchange for the U.
Attorney's Office dropping the remaining charges against him and recommending a prison sentence between 10—16 months.
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Retrieved 12 March Joey's uncle Lawrence died in December of following his release from federal prison three years earlier from a conviction in on racketeering charges.
He is a huge fan of Philadelphia sports teams. Merlino often invited TV crews to his annual Christmas party for the homeless, and was a fixture at the city's nightclubs, restaurants, and sporting events.
With longtime buddies Salvatore Scafidi, Sonny Valenti, Michael Ciancaglini , and George Borgesi , he was known to beat up and rob people, and start fights in clubs.
Although police never charged anyone with the attempted murder, police and the FBI believe Merlino was behind the shooting to avenge an earlier plot by Scarfo Sr.
Another motive for the attempted hit was to send a clear message that neither Scarfo nor his son Nicky, Jr. Fearing another Mafia war, Scarfo, Sr.
Senior being assisted by his sometime cell mate and then leader of the Lucchese Borgata Vic Amuso. He was convicted a few months later.
He robbed those he committed the heist with. According to mobster Ralph Natale , he and Merlino began plotting to take over the Philadelphia mafia while they were cellmates in a federal penitentiary in He was released from prison in April, In , Merlino muscled in and took over as boss of the Philadelphia mafia.
Merlino enlisted the help of the Warlocks motorcycle gang and the Pagans motorcycle gang as contract killers.
When John Stanfa emerged as the new boss of the Philadelphia family, an all-out war broke out between Stanfa and the so-called "Young Turks" led by Merlino.
On August 5, , Merlino survived a drive-by shooting assassination attempt by Stanfa, only taking a bullet in the arse, as Michael "Mikey Chang" Ciancaglini was killed.
During the all-out mob war, Merlino dodged more than two dozen attempts on his life. In November , Merlino was arrested by the FBI, charged with violation of parole, and sent back to prison.