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State Sen. seeks release of NYC mobster who caught COVID in prison

State Sen. seeks release of NYC mobster who caught COVID in prison
State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, a Democrat from Queens, is asking a judge release Michael Padavona -- a Bonanno soldier serving an eight-year federal prison sentence for racketeering.

Federal prosecutors say that for years he extorted several victims, most of them who owed money on sports bets, using threats and violence to keep them paying off the interest on their debts.Padavona also had a flunky take revenge on a girl his daughter was fighting with at school by burning the car of one of the girl’s parents, prosecutors say.Most Read Padavona has a tattoo of two skulls with the words “Morte Prima Di Disonore” — Italian for “Death Before Dishonor” — which prosecutors say shows his lifelong loyalty to the mob.[More New York] Queens pharmacy owners exploited pandemic to swindle $30 million in Medicare funds: feds p A week later, his lawyer announced Padavona had the coronavirus.

[More New York] ‘What made you do it?A state senator is going to bat for a violent mob loanshark who wants compassionate release after falling ill with COVID-19 during a massive outbreak in federal prison.

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