Federal prosecutors on Thursday declined to identify the law enforcement officer, who fears an aging mobster could retaliate against everyone who helped take him away if he is released from prison.
In court filings, Manhattan Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Capozzi said prosecutors would not produce an affidavit from the agent but maintained their position against the “mercy released” held by Mark Reiter, 74, a known Gambino crime family member , was requested.
Capozzi cited the “risk of recidivism” of Reiter, who is serving a life sentence for running one of the city’s biggest heroin dealers in the 1980s.
“After convictions for a narcotics offense and attempted robbery in his 20s, the defendant did not end his life of crime. Instead, he became the leader of a massive drug deal, which he protected by ordering three murders in retaliation for cooperating with law enforcement,” he wrote.
“That kind of crime — ordering murders — is just as easy to commit in the ’70s as it is in the ’30s.”
Capozzi also asked Manhattan federal judge Vernon Broderick to consider “the need for a just punishment” of Reiter.
“Two lives were lost because of the defendant and his desire for retribution for cooperating with law enforcement, and a third life would have met the same fate had the defendant had his way,” he wrote.
Reiter is trying to get out of the low-security federal penitentiary near Allenwood, Penn. because he has health conditions including obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
But back in 1990, while he was incarcerated in California’s Lompoc Federal Penitentiary, Reiter smiled as he posed for a photo as the lead singer of a bullied rock band alongside Carmine “Junior” Persico, the late Colombo family boss, Gambino family, hitman Anthony Senter and the the late Joseph “JR” Russo, an assassin for the Patriarca family in New England.
Capozzi’s Thursday letter followed a September court filing in which he reported that he “was contacted by an agent assisting in the investigation into Reiter, who expressed serious concern about the possibility of retaliation against law enforcement and those who violated the Defendants assisting law enforcement in prosecuting the accused will be released.”
Broderick denied a defense request for a testimony hearing from the agent, but said prosecutors could obtain an affidavit from the agent with “specific concerns about individuals who the defendant could harm and how he might harm them if the defendant is released.” would”, submit.
Defense attorney Harlan Protass said: “The government has blinked and dismissed the alleged concerns of law enforcement that prompted it to oppose Mr. Reiter’s request for a reduced sentence.”
Protass has previously said he doesn’t think Reiter “poses a threat to anyone, including law enforcement” because he’s “a different man than he was 35 years ago.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/21/feds-wont-id-agent-worried-aging-nyc-mobster-will-seek-revenge/ Feds won’t fear ID agent, aging NYC gangster will seek revenge