Vito Rizzutos uncle Domenico Manno expected in Montreal after release
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#1 Dec 13, 2012
Vito Rizzutos uncle Domenico Manno expected in Montreal after release from prison in U.S.
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Julian Sher and Peter Edwards
Embattled Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto has another person close to him that he can trust.
Rizzutos uncle, Domenico Manno, 79, was released from prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey on Thursday, after serving 14 years on a drug trafficking sentence.
He is expected to arrive in Montreal by Thursday evening.
Manno is the younger brother of Rizzutos mother Libertina and the son of the late Antonio Manno, a major Mafia boss in Sicily, organized crime expert Antonio Nicaso said.
The Mafia is a combination of tradition and innovation, Nicaso said.The Manno family is the tradition. The Rizzuto family is the innovation.
Over the past three years, Rizzutos family has been under assault from rival underworld figures and his son and father are among the murder victims.
Manno pleaded guilty in Florida in 1998 to plots to traffic heroin, cocaine and counterfeit money and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. That included an effort to smuggle 20 kilos of cocaine into Florida in a suitcase on a commercial airplane.
He unsuccessfully argued that the forfeiture of $64,323 in addition to the sentence amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, claiming his wife in Montreal was a self-employed seamstress and that he was $115,097 in debt.
Manno made headlines in 1978, after his conviction in the murder plot of Paolo Violi in Montreal.
Manno, Agostino Cuntrera and Giovanni Di Mora, all of Montreal, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder charges.
Violi was killed with at least two blasts from a double-barrelled shotgun on Jan. 22, 1978 in the backroom of the Jean Talon bar, a north-end Montreal business he once owned. He was 45.
Manno pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the killing, but had little to offer to authorities about the murder plot.
When a prosecutor pressed him about the murder, Manno replied:I dont remember, I dont remember, I dont remember.
All he could remember, he said, was that he had a cup of coffee and bought some cigarettes in the pool room hours before the murder.
Cuntrera, who also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in Violis death, was murdered in 2010.
His death remains unsolved, like the murders of Vito Rizzutos father and son, Nicolo Rizzuto Jr. and Sr
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