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October 15, 2004

Metro Briefing | New York: Brooklyn: Crime Figures Accused Of Murder

By Thomas J. Lueck (NYT); Compiled by Anthony Ramirez

In one of several organized-crime indictments, Alphonse Persico, who is described by federal authorities as the acting boss of the Colombo family, was charged yesterday in the murder of a Colombo underboss, William Cutolo. An associate, John Deross, was also charged in the murder. Both are jailed on unrelated charges, and are awaiting a court hearing on the murder indictment. The authorities said Mr. Cutolo disappeared on May 26, 1999, which enabled Mr. Deross to become the Colombo underboss. In addition, Mr. Deross was charged, with Michael Spataro and Carmine Deross III, both described as Colombo associates, with conspiring to murder a Colombo soldier, Joseph Campanella. Mr. Spataro and Mr. Deross III entered not guilty pleas at a hearing yesterday before Judge Robert M. Levy in Brooklyn. Thomas J. Lueck (NYT)

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