Life in the mafia is never boring and sometimes it is even humorous.
There was a time when made Colombo soldier Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli was well respected on the streets. He is alleged to have participated in at least eight murders over the years, including that of of a police officer. The police officer’s name was Ralph Dols, and he was murdered because his wife’s ex-husband, Joe Cacace, was a jealous man.
He also helped chase down one of the makers of the film Deep Throat, Joseph Peraino Sr., along with his son Joseph Jr. This confrontation took place in a Gravesend Brooklyn neighborhood. Tommy Shots blasted the father and son, and also a former Nun named Veronika Zuraw who was completely innocent. As a result, Veronika and Joseph Jr. were both killed and Joseph Sr. was paralyzed.
Tommy Shots was rewarded for his lifetime of crime in 2004, when he was upped to Street Boss of the Colombo family.
In 2014 he was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison, where he has been crying ever since.
He was given the nickname Tommy Shots because he survived getting a bullet in his shoulder and in his stomach. The man who took two bullets is now suing the government for ten million dollars after slipping and falling while playing a game of ping pong in prison.
He filed the negligence lawsuit after his slip and fall, blaming the injury on a wet floor in the Metropolitan Detention Center. The obese Tommy Shots slipped and fractured his kneecap.
Here is another good one. The grandson of the late Gambino boss John Gotti, was arrested last year twice for dealing drugs. He was pulled over in what has been called a traffic stop for tinted windows. He was caught with a couple hundred pills and over $7,000 in cash. Then the police busted him in the former Howard Beach home where his grandfather used to live.
In that bust they confiscated over $200,000 and 800 pills. They also caught him (just like his grandfather) on a bug, bragging he sold over a $100,000 a month in pills and $1.6 million overall.
This week the whole ordeal came to a conclusion when John Gotti took a plea deal for 8 years with 5 years of supervised release. He also gave up any claims to the seized cash.
He now joins the ranks of his family before him, heading to prison.