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Attorney for kid involved with Gotti bank heist says he ‘got dragged in’

July 14, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Judge Allyne Ross heard Michael Guidici plead guilty to bank robbery. Photo courtesy of Douglas Palmer
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A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to robbing a federal bank five years ago with two mobsters, allegedly including John J. Gotti, the grandson of John “The Dapper Don” Gotti.

Michael Guidici, who was 17 at the time of the alleged incident, walked into Maspeth Federal Savings and Loan Association and handed the teller a note that read, “I HAVE A BOMB.” She then handed over $5,491 and Guidici allegedly fled with Gotti and Matthew Rullan, who were waiting outside the bank on April 18, 2012.

The teller was Gotti’s girlfriend who was in on the scheme and allegedly provided the trio with information on how they could rob the bank, according to a court letter by prosecutors.

While Guidici admitted in court that the letter was threatening, he said he did not know exactly what it said at the time.

“I went into the bank with a note…if I gave it to a regular person, it would be a threatening note,” he said.

The three were arrested on March 22, 2017 and Rullan, out on $1 million bail, pleaded guilty before Judge Allyne Ross last month.

Gotti, already serving eight years on state drug charges, did not plead guilty to the bank robbery, but pleaded guilty to the arson of a car that cut off infamous mobster, Vincent Asaro, who is immortalized for his involvement in the $6 million 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK airport.

“He’s a kid,” Guidici’s lawyer, Vivian Shevitz told the Brooklyn Eagle. “He just got dragged in.”

Guidici is also out on $1 million bail and is decorated with an ankle bracelet to track him.

Guidici faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 28 but Shevitz plans to argue for probation.


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