Crime family capo avoids jail time for extortion charges, gets probation instead
A 72-year-old gangster, faced up to two years in prison for extortion charges, but got away with just probation and house arrest when he appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday.
Carmine Avellino, a capo for the Lucchese crime family, was sentenced to one-year house arrest and five-years probation on Tuesday by Judge Ann M. Donnelly for extortionate collection of credit conspiracy.
“I apologize for my actions to all the people they affected,” Avellino said. “At this point in my life, I know what is important to me: my family and only my family.”
Between Jan. 1 and July 31 2010, Avellino and his two cousins, Daniel and Michael Capra, threatened and forced a victim to pay up on a loan of $100,000 owed to Avellino. Avellino pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Marilyn D. Go on Aug. 12, 2016, about two years after he was arrested on May 12, 2014.