A federal judge has once again denied the release of a 91-year-old gangster who was convicted of a hit-and-run affair against John Gotti, giving him a shot at the man’s recent plea deal in hopes of returning to New Jersey once again in view of his health. Getting behind bars.
The verdict issued last week means that Louis “Bobby” Manna, a former consignor of the Genovese crime family, will almost certainly die in prison.
This is the second time in the last year that a judge has denied Manna’s release request.
After being convicted in 1989 of being a leader of the Genovese crime family in Newark federal court, Manna has been behind bars for more than 30 years, with the famous New York crime chief hitting the goat and organizing the murder. A fellow of the crime family.
Manna, a Hudson County, NJ native, was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
In a court filing last month, Brooklyn’s Manna’s lawyer, Jeremy Iandolo, urged the release of an elderly gangster, citing numerous health problems and how his client is no longer a threat to society.
The waiver, according to his lawyers, means that he can no longer step one or two on his own in a Minnesota medical prison where he has been implicated in high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease and so on.
“After 33 years (in prison), a person has paid his debt to society,” Iandolo said at a court hearing earlier this month.
But this was not enough to woo the judges.
Senior U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan denied the motion, saying that while Manna’s age and poor health could justify his sentence reduction, his continued imprisonment for a “lifetime career in crime” of former burglars.
“He was the leader of the Genovese crime family, a role he played through violence and intimidation,” Sheridan wrote. “Many of his crimes are very serious and heinous. As such, the nature and circumstances of the convicted crimes and the history and characteristics of the defendant are the main punishing objectives that cannot be met by modifying the waiver.
In arguing for his release, Iandolo pointed to two men who had recently been released from prison, who were convicted in similar cases in Kansas City, including a former organized crime leader and Harlem drug kingpin. Iandolo indicated that his client was not considered for release because he was an Italian American.
Judge Sheridan wrote that “Manna’s racism does not lead to this court’s ruling.”
“Manna’s lifelong criminal career leads me to a very different conclusion than the one reached in the above cases,” the judge wrote.
Iandolo did not agree with the verdict, saying the judge “failed to analyze the similarities between the waiver and other recently released adult men.”
“If nothing else, Manna’s advanced age, debilitating health conditions should make him eligible for release,” the lawyer said in an email.
Iandolo did not specify whether he would overturn the verdict, so for the time being, the waiver will remain in jail.
Manna was the son of Morris Manna, known in the 1950s as the “Kingpin of the current Jersey City dock crowd” and soon rose to the ranks of organized crime in the area.
By the 1970s, the younger Manna was a major player in organized crime in New Jersey and was called to testify before the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (SCI) on mafia activities in the state, but he refused.
Instead, he spent five years behind bars, on judicial abuse charges. The judge finally let him go in 1977 when it became clear that the waiver would never be discussed with the business.
“I don’t speak to anyone; SCI, CIA, anyone else. I will sit in jail until you say, ‘Leave that person out.’ I will sit there all my life, ”Manna once testified.
It has been more than a decade for authorities to have their next crack at the waiver, as the convener of the Genovese crime family and overseeing gambling, lending and labor burglaries in the area. Officials say they operated an Italian restaurant in Hoboken and a coffee shop in Jersey City.
In an Italian restaurant, federal officials barked and ordered a manna man to hit a fellow and discuss the plot to kill Gotti and his brother, Jean.
When John Gotti warned him to hit, the authorities quickly failed the plot, and after a waiver, he was charged with crimes in 1988, which put him behind bars for decades.
He has been arrested since then.
Last week’s denial was the second time in the last year that a judge has dismissed a plea deal to release him to his stepson’s home in Bayonne.
Prosecutors have been vehemently opposed to his release each time.
He said the waiver should serve the sentence it was given, which would “spend the rest of his normal life in prison.”
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