44-year-old Emilio Fusco of Longmeadow was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on various conspriracy, racketeering, and extortion charges.
Federal prosecutors say that Fusco was taken into the Genovese crime family in the mid 1990′s.
Evidence admitted at trial showed that Fusco, along with others, conspired to extort a Springfield business owner from the early 2000′s until 2008. Prosecutors add that during that time, Fusco and his co-conspirators received up to $12,000 per month from the business owner.
After the end of a sentence of 33 months in 2006 for money laundering and racketeering charges, Fusco extorted several other businesses and residents in Springfield.
Fusco was also charged with conspiring with other Genovese crime family members to murder Adolfo ‘Big Al’ Bruno, who was then the captain of the family’s Springfield faction, as well as the murder of Gary Westerman, who family members believed was cooperating with the feds.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in New York notes that while a jury acquitted Fusco on the murder charges, Judge P. Kevin Castel found “by a preponderance of the evidence at sentencing that Fusco committed the murders.”
During his time with the Genovese family, Fusco was also involved in distributing marijuana, loansharking, and illegal gambling crimes.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says, “Emilio Fusco devoted much of his life to the business and commission of crime on behalf of his ‘family,’ the notorious Genovese Crime Family. Today’s stiff sentence should send a message to organized crime that we are as committed as ever to stamping you out.”
Arthur Nigro, along with Fotios and Ty Geas, were names as co-defendants in the case. They were each sentenced to life in prison in September 2011.
As part of his sentence, Fusco is also to forfeit $260,000 and pay a $300 special assessment fee.