Jimmy DeMaria accused of consorting with underworld figures, returned to custody
The National Parole Board has revoked the parole of a man considered to be an underworld figure in the GTA who was also an enemy of mob boss Vito Rizzuto, right.
By: Peter Edwards
A Mississauga financial adviser considered by police in Canada and Italy to be a senior Mafia figure has had his parole yanked for associating with organized criminals.
Vincenzo (Jimmy) DeMaria, 59, who also works as a baker, had been on parole for the past quarter-century after a conviction for 1982 second-degree murder over a drug debt.
In a decision released last week, the National Parole Board noted: “File information indicates you shot the victim and also struck him hard enough to fracture his skull over a debt of $2,000. You were then granted day parole in 1989 after completing a series of temporary absences, and full parole in 1992.”
More recently, DeMaria was considered by police to be a GTA enemy of the late Vito Rizzuto, a Montreal mob boss who reportedly died of natural causes in December.
DeMaria’s parole was yanked last month and he was returned to custody after police reported they saw him at least twice associating with underworld members, in violation of his parole conditions.
“We believe that the information . . . which comes from numerous police agencies, is reliable and persuasive; that is, there was police surveillance of each of these social events and that the individuals named by police sources are members of a Traditional Organized Crime group,” the parole decision said.
The decision noted that his parole conditions included one “not to associate with any person you know to be involved in criminal activity, or have reason to believe is involved in criminal activity, including drug traffickers and users.”
It also stated that he hadn’t informed his parole officer of his meetings with known organized criminals.
“You were the subject of police surveillance on those occasions and it is the considered, professional opinion of police that you and these individuals are members of the same crime organization, and that you hold a leadership role in that organization,” the board said.
DeMaria was arrested for similar parole violations last November and in April 2009, a parole board report said.
At the time of the 2009 arrest, he was accused of associating with a member of the ’Ndrangheta, or Calabria mafia.
Italian police said in a November, 2010 report that DeMaria is one of the top GTA leaders of the ’Ndrangheta.
After he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1982, DeMaria served time in Millhaven maximum-security prison in Kingston.
He was transferred to medium-security Joyceville Penitentiary in 1987, where he served as head of the prisoners’ committee.
When Joyceville’s warden fired him as the chair of the inmates’ committee, fellow convicts protested for a week.