Four Lucchese gangsters convicted of murder of notorious wiseguy Michael Meldish
Added 11-15-19 06:13:02pm EST - “Four Lucchese mobsters were found guilty Friday of the brutal Bronx hit of a notorious gangster.Matthew Madonna, Steven "Wonder Boy" Crea, Christopher Londonio and Terrence Caldwell were convicted of carrying out the 2013 slaying…” - Nydailynews.com
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Four Lucchese mobsters were found guilty Friday of the brutal Bronx hit of a notorious gangster who’d refused to make good on a gambling debt.
Matthew Madonna, Steven “Wonder Boy” Crea, Christopher Londonio and Terrence Caldwell were convicted in White Plains federal court of carrying out the 2013 murder of Michael Meldish, 63, the leader of the ruthless Purple Gang.
Meldish’s crew once did dirty work for the Lucchese, Genovese and Bonanno crime families. But the trial revealed that Meldish made the fatal mistake of refusing to pay a gambling debt owed to Madonna, who was then the acting boss of the Lucchese family.
Madonna, 84, ordered Meldish be taken out. Crea, the underboss, helped Madonna make the decision and relayed the order. Londonio, a made member of the family, helped set up Meldish, who was his friend. Caldwell, a mob associate, fired the fatal shot and fled the scene in a car driven by Londonio.
“The violent and disturbing acts of these four organized crime figures included the brutal murder of associate Michael Meldish. Fittingly, all four defendants have been found guilty of their heinous acts of fraud, extortion, and murder on the six-year anniversary of Meldish’s death," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.
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