Son of Colombo crime boss wants his guilty plea removed
Michael Persico is accusing the government of breaching an agreement in which he would face only 37 to 46 months in prison. Persico, son of crime boss Carmine (The Snake) Persico, pleaded guilty more than two years ago to loansharking in a deal that protected him from being prosecuted for several murders.
BY JOHN MARZULLI
The reputed prince of the Colombo crime family wants to rip up his guilty plea, the Daily News has learned.
Michael Persico, who pleaded guilty more than two years ago to loansharking in a sweet deal that also gave him immunity from prosecution for several murders, is accusing the government of breaching an agreement in which he would face only 37 to 46 months in prison when he's sentenced by hard-hitting Brooklyn Federal Judge Sandra Townes.
Persico, 57, the son of jailed Colombo boss Carmine (The Snake) Persico, is blanching at the possibility that he could get up to five years in prison. "He should just man up and do his time," said a disgusted law enforcement official.
Prosecutors argue that Persico is stuck with his guilty plea, but if he gets his wish he better be careful — he would go to trial facing murder conspiracy and extortion charges that could put him away for more than 20 years if he's convicted.
Defense lawyer Marc Fernich declined to comment on the legal strategy