A former mafia associate hired by disgraced Goodfellas star Tony Darrow to break a debtor's jaw has been sentenced to probation. Giovanni Monteleone was one of two thugs recruited by actor Darrow, real name Anthony Borgese, in 2009 to savagely beat a New York man who owed him $5,000 (£3,330).
The 45 year old, who had ties to the Gambino crime family, faced a charge of extortion but agreed to co-operate with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to avoid prison time.
His evidence helped to land a conviction for the actor in 2011, when Darrow, now 74, was sentenced to six months under house arrest, in addition to two years probation and 250 hours of community service, while Monteleone's partner in crime, Gambino mobster Joey Orlando, was placed behind bars for 51 months.
Monteleone was sentenced to probation on Friday (22Nov13).
During the hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court, Monteleone said, "I basically hit an innocent man. If he was in front of me (now) I would apologise to him. It still bothers me 'til this day."
In February (11), Darrow, who also starred in several episodes of TV gangster series The Sopranos, admitted orchestrating an attack on an unidentified debtor, who was savagely beaten by two thugs linked to New York's Gambino crime family.
He was back in court to receive his punishment on Wednesday (07Dec11), and a judge at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York ordered Darrow - real name Anthony Borgese - to spend six months under house arrest for the crime.
Darrow, 73, was also handed two years probation and 250 hours of "non-physically taxing" community service.
The actor was given a lighter sentence after he made a video warning young people to stay away from gang crime.
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Darrow, who also starred in 14 episodes of gangster-themed TV series The Sopranos, is facing a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty earlier this month (Feb11) to asking a mob boss to help him collect a debt as a "favour".
The unidentified debtor was later savagely beaten by two thugs linked to New York's Gambino crime family, and suffered a broken jaw and ribs.
Now Darrow - real name Anthony Borgese - has told of his terror after he was thrown in a cell with hardened crooks, and has filmed a public service announcement in a bid to help troubled youngsters stay away from a life of crime.
He tells the New York Post, "I'm very sorry for what I did. The only way I can change it is by trying to help other people."
Darrow reveals he decided to film a public service announcement to send a positive message to youngsters after a conversation about his conviction with his teenage son.
He says, "(My son) said, 'The guy owed you money; you tried to collect it. You didn't do anything.' It made me feel worse. It was not the message I wanted to give him."
And the actor is determined to put his past behind him after the trauma of his arrest.
He adds, "They threw me into a cage with 70... criminals. I was the only one who got arrested for the first time... I was so frightened I thought I was going to pee myself."
Darrow, who played restaurant owner Sonny Bunz in Martin Scorsese's 1990 mobster classic, pleaded guilty to taking part in an attempt to collect a debt.
The actor, who also starred in 14 episodes of gangster-themed TV series The Sopranos, was asked for help in recovering the cash by the owner of a New York car dealership.
The unidentified victim was later savagely beaten by two enforcers with links to the Gambino crime family, suffering a broken jaw and ribs in the 2004 attack.
On Wednesday (09Feb11), Darrow - real name Anthony Borgese - appeared at Brooklyn Federal Court and pleaded guilty to participation in the extortion plot.
He told the hearing, "I used extortionate means to collect a debt from a person who lived near Monticello."
Outside court, Darrow's lawyer Kevin Faga added, "(He) did not lay a hand on anybody. It's a difficult day for him. He's embarrassed and he's concerned for his family's privacy."
The actor is facing up to 41 months in prison. Last year (10) Darrow's pal, Joseph 'Joey Boy' Orlando, was jailed for 51 months for his part in the plot.
Joseph 'Joey Boy' Orlando, linked to the Gambino organised crime family, was handed the jail term after prosecutors provided a recording in which he can be heard describing the vicious 2004 assault, according to the New York Daily News.
Darrow, real name Anthony Borgese, had asked for Orlando's help after the victim failed to pay back a large sum to a loan shark.
Orlando then sent two men to attack the debtor, who has not been identified, leaving him with a broken jaw and ribs.
In a transcript of the conversation, Orlando says, "Tony (Borgese) says he’s got this Jew in New York State that owes him a few dollars. They go to the house... The guy opens the door. He didn’t even have the door open, punches are going through the door. The wife comes out. They gave her a beating.”
Darrow pleaded not guilty last year (09) to a charge of extortion stemming from the incident.