Published on August 29th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Gambino crime family member sentenced in drug growing operation
The Gambino crime family fiance of “Mob Wives” star Ramona Rizzo got smacked with a 15-year prison sentence in Brooklyn federal court today for his role in a Staten Island drug trafficking operation.
Dolled up in mafia princess standards – including black stilettos, a hip hugging skirt and a shoulder baring blouse – the raven-haired Rizzo looked on tearfully from the front row as Joe Sclafani was put on ice for the foreseeable future.
Quickly masking her sorrow with a pair of oversized sunglasses, Rizzo dashed out of court after the proceeding and would not discuss how the stiff term would impact her wedding plans.
Sclafani offered a meek apology to Judge John Gleeson before being sentenced and admitted that he was foolish to still play the gangster game deep into his forties.
“I showed no consideration to my family,” he said. “It was just selfish. My fiance entrusted her children to me. I disappointed my son…I’m 47 and I’m still letting people down.”
Rizzo – who has four children from a prior relationship – has declared her love for the incarcerated mobster and insisted that she will proceed with their wedding even if it takes place behind bars.
The granddaughter of Benjamin Ruggiero – played by Al Pacino in the film “Donnie Brasco” – Rizzo has been immersed in the mob life since her childhood and touts her experieces on the popular “Mob Wives” show.
Sclafani – who was busted for growing marijuana in Staten Island growhouses – knew Rizzo when she was just a little child and their relationship eventually blossomed.
But the tender romance didn’t appear to register with Judge Gleeson who said he was only sparing Sclafani more time because of his advancing age.
“If you were younger I would give you the top of this range because you deserve it,” he said, noting that Sclafani has dedicated his entire life to breaking laws.
Gleeson did ask prosecutors to grant the goon one favor – some time out of jail to see his cancer stricken father before he passes away.
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Source: nypost.com “<a href=”http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/mob_wives_star_fiancee_ZuaAaIhbJJD6Tzs7yX1i2N” target=”_blank”>Gambino crime family member sentenced in drug growing operation</a>,” August 28, 2013.