|Mafia prince Michael Persico has enlisted his 80-year-old mother to beg a federal judge not to send her son to prison. “I am getting older and need my son around,” Joyce Persico wrote to Brooklyn Federal Judge Dora Irizarry.|
The matriarch of the mobbed-up clan has seen a lot of family members go off to prison. Her husband, Carmine (The Snake) Persico, 83, the boss of the Colombo crime family, was convicted in 1987 and is serving a 100-year sentence for racketeering and murder. Her son Alphonse (Allie Boy) Persico, 62, is serving a life sentence for murder. A third son, Lawrence, 61, did time for a no-show union job.
Carmine (The Snake) Persico
|Michael Persico, 60, pleaded guilty to loansharking more than four years ago and will be sentenced on November 2.|
Federal prosecutors say he is a powerful associate in the crime family and participated in the 1993 conspiracy to kill Colombo rival Joseph Scopo during the Colombo civil war.
Joyce Persico’s letter was buried on page 68 of an 88-page filing of letters from friends, family members, and business associates of Persico.