Background[edit | edit source]
On February 18, 1987, Conte was indicted on charges of ordering the shooting of Sicilian mobster Pietro Alfano in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan. Authorities arrested Conte at Kennedy International Airport as he was preparing to fly to Puerto Rico. Alfano was a defendant in the ongoing Pizza Connection trial, a massive investigation of heroin trafficking through pizza restaurants. The government eventually dropped charges against Conte when a key witness refused to testify. Alfano survived the assassination attempt, but was left a paraplegic.
DiBono murder[edit | edit source]
In 1990, Gambino boss John Gotti ordered ordered the murder mobster Louis DiBono, . DiBono had allegedly been disrespectful to Gotti, who decided to eliminate him. In October 1990, DiBono's bullet-ridden body was discovered in the front seat of a Cadillac sedan in the underground garage at the New York World Trade Center.
In February 1993, Conte was charge with the DiBono murder. However, in January 1994 a mistrial was declared due to a lack of evidence there was a hung jury. In June 1994, Conte was reindicted on the DiBono murder. In lieu of a retrial, Conte decided to accept a plea bargain deal from the government. On June 21, 1994, Conte and two others pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder in the DiBono case. Conte was sentenced in September 1994 to seven and a half years in prison.
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On September 26, 2003, Conte was released from federal prison. The Italian government never charged Conte with a crime or requested his extradition; accusations against him by an informant were never substantiated.
References[edit | edit source]
- "BAIL IS DENIED 2 IN SHOOTING IN 'PIZZA CONNECTION' CASE" New York Times February 19, 1987
- "WITNESS SAID TO REFUSE TO TESTIFY IN MOB SHOOTING" New York Times May 24, 1987
- "3 Reputed Gotti Associates Charged With Murder" by JOSEPH P. FRIED New York Times February 6, 1993
- "Mistrial Is Declared in Mafia Murder Case" New York Times January 6, 1994
- Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator