Judge rejects mobster’s plea for compassionate release

March 7, 2021 GMT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge in western New York has rejected a plea for compassionate release by a Rochester mobster who says he’s at risk of death because of the coronavirus.

Dominic Taddeo, imprisoned the past three decades for killing three people and other crimes, said his hypertension, obesity and other health problems put him at higher risk of serious complications if he contracts COVID-19. He’s scheduled to be released from prison in two years.

But U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. ruled Friday that Taddeo did not prove he was at serious risk and even if he was at serious risk, it does not outweigh the need for him to serve his full sentence, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.

Geraci noted Taddeo was convicted of racketeering charges that involve “the murder of three individuals, attempted murder of two more individuals, and conspiracy to murder a fifth person” while Taddeo was a member of a Rochester mob family.

Federal prosecutors said medical records did not show that Taddeo, who is detained at a Florida federal prison, to be particularly unhealthy.

In 1982 and 1983, Taddeo shot Nicholas Mastrodonato, Gerald Pelusio, and Dino Tortatice to death during local mob wars.