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Bonanno mobster of Donnie Brasco fame remains behind bars

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Bonanno crime family associate Ronald “Monkey Man” Filocomo’s bid for an early release from prison on compassionate grounds has been shot down by Brooklyn Judge Nicholas Garaufis, keeping him locked up for four more years for his involvement in the infamous 1981 murder of capo Sonny Black.

“Mr. Filocomo asserts the fact he is a well-liked prisoner amongst inmates and staff, always friendly and willing to help others,” the mobster wrote from a Miami federal prison, the New York Daily News reported. The request sounded good, if not that such a request must come from the prison warden as well, Garaufis ruled.

66-year-old Filocomo provided the Bonanno family his parents’ home on Staten Island, New York, so they had a place to murder captain Dominick “Sonny Black” Napolitano. The family leadership decided Sonny Black had to be whacked because he had let jewel thief Donnie Brasco get entrenched within his crew and subsequently the family. It turned out Brasco was an undercover FBI agent named Joseph Pistone.

Napolitano knew his fate was sealed and walked into the meeting knowing he’d get killed. As he was led into the basement of Filocomo’s parents’ home by Bonanno mobster Frank Lino, he was ready. Downstairs, Filocomo waited with Robert Lino Sr. When Napolitano arrived, he was shot by Robert Lino Sr. But the gun jammed and as he tried to resolve the issue, Napolitano asked his former colleagues to finish him off: “Hit me one more time. Make it good.”

They obliged.

In 2004, Filocomo pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder and murdering Dominick “Sonny Black” Napolitano. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, a place Filocomo is familiar with. Before he became a wiseguy he had worked as a correctional officer. His resume brought him no love from the Mafia as his previous job made sure he could never become an official member of La Cosa Nostra.

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