Carmine Sessa
Born 1951
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Conviction(s) murder-conspiracy charges under the RICO Act (1993)
Occupation consigliere of the Colombo crime family

Carmine Sessa (born 1951) is an Italian-American mobster and hitman who became the consigliere of the Brooklyn-based Colombo crime family and played a key role in the family from 1991 to 1993.[1] Sessa later became a government witness.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Murders[edit | edit source]

After becoming a government witness, Sessa admitted to personally murdering four people. In September 1984, Sessa murdered Mary Bari, a former girlfriend of then Colombo consigliere Alphonse Persico. When Persico went into hiding to avoid an indictment, the family decided to kill Bari out of concern that she knew Persico's location. Bari was lured into Sessa's social club Occasions on the pretext of a job interview. When Bari arrived, Sessa shot her three times to the head.[2][3] In May 1988, Sessa murdered Anthony Bolino. Suspecting Bolino of robbing his dealers, Sessa shot him one time in the head on a street corner in Bayside.[2] In November 1988, Sessa murdered Vincent Angellino, a top capo in the Colombo family. Angellino was lured to a home in Kenilworth, New Jersey, where Sessa shot him.[2] In 1989, Sessa murdered Anthony Collucio, a member of Sessa's crew. Suspecting Collucio of becoming an informant, Sessa shot him.[2]

In 1988, Sessa attempted to kill Dominick Costa as a service to the Lucchese crime family. Costa was a master safecracker for the Bypass Gang, a highly skilled group of bank robbers run by Lucchese mobster Anthony Casso in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. When Casso discovered that Costa was a police informant, he decided to kill him. Casso hired Sessa because of his reputation as a hitman and because Costa did not know him. Sessa shot Costa five times in Costa's apartment, but Costa survived to later testify against the Lucchese family.[4][5]

Colombo War[edit | edit source]

In 1991, a rivalry within the Colombo family erupted into war. Imprisoned family boss Carmine Persico planned to have his son Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico become acting boss on his release from prison.In 1990, three years after becoming a made man in the Colombo family, Carmine Persico had appointed Sess as consigliere. He was now part of the family leadership.[6] In early 1991, temporary acting boss Victor Orena informed Sessa that he wanted to poll all the capos on who should be the acting boss, him or Alphonse Persico. However, Sessa ignored Orena's request and forwarded the information to Carmine PersicoAt this point, Persico ordered Sessa to murder Orena.[7]

On June 20, 1991, Sessa, Zambardi, John Pate, and Hank Smurra went to Orena's Long Island, New York home to ambush and kill him. However, when Orena arrived at the house, he saw the trap, and escaped unharmed.[8] A two-year war now erupted between the Persico and Orena factions. On November 29, 1991, Sessa's nephew, Larry Sessa was nearly killed during an ambush; Larry was chased down the street by masked gunmen and jumped into a friend's car.[9] When the Colombo war ended with Orena's defeat, 12 people were dead out of 24 murder targets.

On April 8, 1993, Sessa and other Colombo mobsters were arrested while attending a secret meeting outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. Sessa had been a fugitive for the previous nine months. Sessa was indicted on Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act murder conspiracy charges.

Government witness[edit | edit source]

Shortly after his 1993 indictment, Sessa, at the urging of his wife, pleaded guilty to four murders and became a government witness. Sessa went on to testify in eight mob trials. In the summer of 1997, Sessa was released from prison. In December 1997, Sessa was arrested for domestic violence against his wife and for stealing guns from his son. In 2000, Sessa was sentenced to time already served for the four murders. At his sentencing, Sessa made a statement,

"I hate everything about the life I led, and I hope that it ends soon, because it keeps destroying families and kids who are infatuated with it and can't wait to be 'goodfellas.'[10]

In October 2007, Sessa testified at the corruption trial of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Lindley DeVecchio. DeVecchio, the agent in charge of Scarpa, was eventually acquitted.[1]

Sessa and his family are presumably stiil participating in the federal Witness Protection Program.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brandt, Lin DeVecchio, Charles. We're going to win this thing : the shocking frame-up of a mafia crime buster (1st ed. ed.). New York: Berkley Books. ISBN 0-425-22986-6. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 GOLDINER, DAVE (September 29, 2000). "A mobster's trail of bodies". New York Daily News. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  3. Ginsberg, Alex (May 22, 2006). "PALS IN WEB BID TO AID 'MOB' FED". New York Post. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  4. Fried, Joseph P (September 20, 1993). "Judge Throws Out Convictions Of Two Men in Burglary Case". New York Post. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  5. Volkman, Ernest (1999). Gangbusters : the destruction of America's last great mafia dynasty. New York: Avon Books. pp. 250. ISBN 0-380-73235-1. 
  6. Abadinsky, Howard (2010). Organized crime (9th ed. ed.). Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. pp. 92. ISBN 0-495-59966-2. 
  7. Raab, Selwyn (2006). Five families : the rise, decline, and resurgence of America's most powerful Mafia empires (1st St. Martin's Griffin ed. ed.). New York: Thomas Dunne Books. pp. 334. ISBN 0-312-36181-5. 
  8. LUBASCH, ARNOLD H (September 1, 1991). "Prosecutors Tell of Colombo Family Murder Plot". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  9. James, George (December 6, 1991). "Killing in Brooklyn Social Club Is Linked to Mob Power Struggle". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  10. FRANCESCANI, CHRISTOPHER (September 29, 2000). "MURDEROUS MOB CANARY SPRUNG". New York Post. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 

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