A New York state mob killer who escaped federal custody in Florida is back behind bars after a week on the run, authorities said.
Dominic Taddeo, a Rochester mob hitman who killed three La Cosa Nostra rivals in the early 1980s, was arrested Monday “without incident” in Hialeah, the US Marshals Service said in a statement.
Taddeo, 64, escaped federal custody March 28 by “walking away” from a transition home near Orlando. He had not returned from a previously approved doctor’s appointment, authorities said.
Taddeo, who was transferred from a medium-security prison to the transition home months ago, was due to be released from federal custody early next February.
In 1992, Taddeo pleaded guilty in federal court to felonies and other felonies, including the murders of three men on behalf of the Rochester-area crime family. He also attempted to hit former Rochester Mafia captain Thomas Marotta twice.
A federal judge denied Taddeo’s request for a compassionate release in late 2020. He cited health concerns and the coronavirus pandemic in his failed petition, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
Taddeo was released on bail in 1987 and disappeared. He then used more than two dozen aliases while living in multiple states, the newspaper reported.
Authorities finally caught up with Taddeo after a whistleblower told investigators he was on his way to meet his brother in Cleveland, where he was taken into custody in 1989.
Three years later, Taddeo pleaded guilty in Rochester, where he was sentenced to 54 years in prison, Democrat & Chronicle reported.
Prior to his recent escape, the former hitman had a clean disciplinary record in prison over the past few years, including participation in numerous education programs, according to the newspaper.
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