Wanted to Whack Man Over Social Club Snub
Enlisted ‘Paulie Roast Beef’ to Carry Out Sentence- Prosecutors Say
NEW YORK– A reputed Lucchese Family associate pled guilty to attempted murder over a social club beef.
Federal prosecutors said a beef over members of the Bonanno Family trying to force their into a Luchese social club in the Bronx led to one member being targeted for murder.
Prosecutors announced that Vincent Bruno has pled guilty to the 2012 attempted murder of a Bronx man. The hit was allegedly ordered by a ranking member in retaliation for perceived slight.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Bruno’s attempt to murder a man at the behest of his mob superiors has ended where it should: With Bruno behind bars. We will continue to work with the FBI and our other partners in law enforcement to stamp out the remnants of La Cosa Nostra.”
In May 2017, Bruno and 18 other members and associates of the Lucchese Crime Family were arrested and charged in a nine-count indictment, for their involvement in offenses including racketeering, murder, attempted murder, narcotics trafficking, and gun crimes.
Following the mob take down, prosecutors said information came to light about the alleged hit on the Bonanno associate.
As part of his plea deal Bruno claims he was ordered to carry out the murder. In 2012, armed members and associates of the Bonanno Family of La Cosa Nostra forced their way into a Bronx social club controlled by the Lucchese Family.
During the ensuing confrontation, one of the Bonanno Family associates (the “Associate”) acted in a manner that a leader of the Luchese Family, Steven L. Crea (“Crea Sr.”), perceived as a personal affront. To avenge this supposed offense, Crea Sr. ordered his son, Steven D. Crea (“Crea Jr.”), to have the Associate killed. Crea Jr. passed the order to Paul Cassano Jr., a/k/a “Paulie Roast Beef,” and Bruno. On a subsequent night, Bruno and Cassano travelled to the Associate’s Bronx residence.
There Bruno, armed with a gun, tried to find the Associate in order to kill him, but failed. The dispute between the rival families was then resolved before the murder was carried out.
In conjunction with this incident, Cassano pled guilty to attempted assault in aid of racketeering in 2017.
Crea Sr. and Crea Jr. are also charged with attempting to have the Associate killed and other crimes, and are scheduled to begin trial before Judge Seibel in 2019.
Bruno, 34, pled guilty to one count of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and one count of conspiracy against the United States. In total, the counts to which Bruno pled guilty carry a maximum sentence of 15 years. Bruno will be sentenced before Judge Seibel.
The allegations contained in the Indictment as to Crea Sr., Crea Jr., and the other defendants who have not pled guilty are merely accusations, and these defendants are presumed unless and until proven guilty.