DeCavalcante crime family captain Charles Stango admitted on Wednesday using a telephone to plan the murder of a Mafia rival. He also pleaded guilty to violating the terms of his supervised release, which he was serving following his imprisonment on racketeering charges in New York. Stango faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when he is sentenced on March 28, 2017.
The 72-year-old Mafia capo was busted on April 14, 2015, as part of a sweep of DeCavalcante family members that operated in New Jersey and elsewhere - Stango himself resides in Nevada. Despite the distance between him and the DeCavalcante family’s base of operations in New Jersey, Stango remained a serious threat to his enemies back home.
A beef with a rival wiseguy named Luigi Oliveri got so heated that Stango offered up to $50,000 to two assassins to carry out his murder. The two hitmen were, in fact, undercover FBI agents. Upon catching Stango in a sting operation, agents closed the investigation and pulled the mob capo off the streets to ensure Oliveri’s safety – he is still alive today.
Stango’s son Anthony was also arrested and has since pleaded guilty to a variety of charges including distribution of significant amounts of cocaine and attempting to set up a prostitution business. Five other mobsters have also pleaded guilty to various charges.
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