Is Crazy Phil Leonetti Back on the Stand?

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Former Lucchese crime family capo, Marty Toschetta, is appealing a racketeering murder case, citing tampering, prosecutorial misconduct, and evidence tampering as proof of his alibi.

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  • Marty Toschetta, a former capo in the Lucchese crime family, is currently appealing a racketeering murder case.
  • Toschetta's appeal is based on allegations of tampering, prosecutorial misconduct, and tampering of evidence, which he and his attorney claim prove his alibi.
  • The murder in question is the 1984 killing of Jimmy Sinatra, a Lucchese soldier known as Vincent Craparata, who was beaten to death with golf clubs in his auto dealership.
  • There has been a lot of legal drama surrounding this case over the years, including a lengthy trial chronicled in the movie "Find Me Guilty."
  • Toschetta initially had the case thrown out but was later rearrested and is currently in prison.
  • The tampering on the prosecution side is partially connected to the testimony of Phil Leonetti, a former underboss under Nicky Scarfo in the 80s.
  • There are documents from a dentist that supposedly prove Toschetta's alibi, but they were tampered with and hidden.
  • There is speculation that Leonetti may have to testify again if there is an evidentiary hearing or new trial.
  • Phil Leonetti is a former high-ranking mob member turned informant who has been in witness protection for over 30 years.
  • While many past criminals long for their old lives, Leonetti has no affinity for the mafia and just wants to live a regular life.
  • If there is an evidentiary hearing next month and it goes well, there may be a new trial, and Leonetti may have to reconcile discrepancies between his 302 debriefing and his later testimony.
  • The murder of Jimmy Sinatra led to negotiations between the Philadelphia Mafia and the Luccheses regarding control over Sinatra's nephews, with the Jersey crew eventually coming out on top.
  • The murder case involving Toschetta and the events surrounding it are significant and may involve Phil Leonetti returning to the spotlight.
  • Marty Toschetta has relatives who are still involved in the Lucchese crime family, including his brother Michael "Mad Dog" Toschetta and the Perna family.
  • The video is a podcast episode of the Original Gangsters podcast hosted by Scott Bernstein.

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Welcome to the Original Gangsters podcast. I’m your host Scott Bernstein. We’re going to do a little kind of like pronostication analysis predictions based on the fact that it looks like Marty Toschetta, the former capo in the Jersey crew of the Lucchese crime family is getting some traction right now on his appeal effort to try to get a racketeering murder case tossed based on tampering, prosecutorial misconduct, and tampering of evidence that him and his attorney say prove his alibi tied to the summer 1984 murder of Jimmy Sinatra, who was a Lucchese soldier. His real name was Vincent Craparata but went by the nickname Jimmy Sinatra who got beaten to death with golf clubs in his auto dealership, used auto cars out of Tom’s River.

Was beaten to death by the Jersey crew on orders of the Lucchese bosses in New York. Ton of legal drama was involved in all of this over a decade, both state level and the federal level. Longest trial in American history that was chronicled in the movie Find Me Guilty with Vin Diesel talks about this and there were acquittals and then there were another cases that were brought at different levels.

Marty Toschetta was in prison, got the case thrown out initially, was out for three or four years in the 2000s. Has been back in, I think, since 2011 or 12 and the case got reinstated. So the question that I’m asking right now is are we going to see Crazy Phil Leonetti on the stand when it comes to this evidentiary hearing that Toschetta was granted earlier this month and a possible new trial because the tampering on the prosecution side is connected to or partially connected to Crazy Phil’s testimony at some of the trials and how it compares to some of his debriefing documents when he flipped in 1989 compared to some of his testimony in the 90s. It doesn’t match up and then there are some documents from a dentist, Marty Toschetta’s, that shows that he was at the dentist’s office when Jimmy Sinatra was murdered, couldn’t have been at the murder scene and that that dentist appointment document was tampered with and hidden.

So there’s a lot of people now asking, in order for Marty to see freedom sooner rather than later, does that mean that Phil Leonetti has to get back on the stand? This is a guy that is close to my heart. I love Phil. I owe him a lot of my career. For people that know me know I co-wrote his autobiography, Mafia Prince. He is a historical figure that was a really big deal in the 70s and 80s, became a huge mafia turncoat, one of the highest-ranking guys to ever flip when he cut his deal in 89. But hasn’t been a guy that has hit the circuit, per se, as you’ve seen a lot of these other former mob guys that joined Team USA, the Michael Francises, the Sammy the Bulls, and a multitude of others that you can find on MobTube.

So, and I know that George and Dave over at MobTalk Sit Down were also asking these questions, kind of pondering, thinking aloud on how this could bring Phil Leonetti back into the spotlight. You know, he was the underboss under his uncle, the murderous, volatile, maniacal little Nicky Scarfo in the 80s, cop to more than 10 murders. Only did about five, six years, has been in witness protection for the last 30 plus and is really living his best life. And I tip my captain whenever I talk about him. He’s the only, I’ve met a lot of former high-ranking mob guys, high-ranking drug kingpins, high-ranking crime lords from various other criminal factions, and almost every single one of them longs for the past and want to be back in their old life. Phil, to his credit, just wants to be a regular Joe and has no affinity for the life. But he might be dragged back up into this, back out into the soap opera.

I would guess, based on what we’re seeing in these court filings and this ruling that came down in New Jersey this month, there’ll be an evidentiary hearing next month in February. And if that goes well, there could be a new trial. And Phil Leonetti’s gonna have to get up on the stand potentially, and he’s gonna have to reconcile what was in his 302 debriefing in 89, where he claimed that he had no knowledge of who were the hitters in this. And then when he got on the stand saying that both Tommy Ricciardi and Marty Trusetta admitted to him, you know, in conversations when they were all on the street that they had killed Jimmy Sinatra. Tommy Ricciardi, who allegedly was the kind of lead hitman, flipped and testified. They were all working under Tumac Acevedo, who was the capo at that time. And Jimmy Sinatra was a guy that kind of wanted to try to kind of play both sides of the fence. He was claiming that he was retiring from the life after he had done a prison sentence. But at the same time, he had his hands in some joker poker rackets and had his nephews running a pretty big joker poker operation, and Lucchesi wanted a piece of it. And Sinatra wouldn’t give him that piece of it. And it ended up with him being murdered.

The situation after that murder is almost equally compelling, because there was like five or six months of back and forths and sit-downs between the Philadelphia Mafia and the Lucchesi’s about who would control these nephews of Jimmy Sinatra’s. Tumac Acevedo and the Jersey guys eventually won those sit-downs. And, you know, according to Leonetti, the nephews, you know, they turned like purple, you know, turned blue when the decision came down. And that’s how in fear they were for their lives. But Tumac also flipped. So, you know, the Treschedas were left kind of holding the bag, and they’re related to the Pernas, you know, New Jersey Lucchesi Mob royalty. So we’ll see, but I find it inevitable if this thing goes, at the very least, at the trial stage, you’ll see Phil back on the stand and possibly at an evidentiary hearing, you know, in the coming months.

So that’s my analysis. And I wanted to keep everybody in the loop about what’s going down with that Jimmy Sinatra murder case. And if Marty Trescheda can ever taste freedom again, he’s a guy who’s in the 70s, was a capo at one time for the Jersey Lucchesi crew. His brother, Michael Mad Dog, is out and his cousins, the Pernas are, you know, they’ve been holding the fort down for most of the last 20 years at least. So for OG Pod, I’m Scott Bernstein. I am out.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Crazy Phil Leonetti Back ON THE STAND?’ by Original Gangsters Podcast