Colombo Family Boss on Trial

Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli, the reputed acting boss of the Columbo Crime Family, is on trial for six gangland murders

Accused cop-killing gangster Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli ascended to the top of the Colombo crime family as a reward for supervising a ruthless crew of mob hit men, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

Gioeli is charged with six gangland murders, including the ambush of off-duty NYPD cop Ralph Dols in a racketeering trial that opened in Brooklyn Federal Court. His co-defendant, Dino (Little Dino) Saracino, is accused of three rubouts.

“Gioeli and Saracino literally got away with murder for years because as professional killers that was their speciality,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina Posa told the anonymous jury.

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