Ex-mob boss, informant Anthony Arillotta sentenced to 8 years for killing "Big Al" Bruno
Springfield police detectives investigate the shooting of Al Bruno. November 11, 2013 (The Republican)
Pallbearers carry the casket of Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno out of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Springfield. November 29, 2003 (The Republican)
Adolfo Bruno speaks with attorneys in the hallway of the Hampden County Superior Court during a recess in his trial for attempted murder. May 3, 1993 (The Republican)
Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno, surrounded by his sons, talks with reporters outside the Hampden County Superior Courthouse after being found not guilty for attempted murder. May 5, 1993 (The Republican)
NEW YORK, NY (WSHM) -
Springfield mobster Anthony Arillotta has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for the 2003 deaths of Springfield mob boss Adolfo "Al" Bruno and his associate Gary Westerman.
Arillotta, 47, was sentenced in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan Wednesday. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel included a $2 million forfeiture order as part of Arillotta's sentence, according to our media partner MassLive.
When Arillotta was arrested in 2010 he began "cooperating immediately" to avoid a life sentence. Local federal prosecutors claim the former organized crime boss was one of the best Mafia informants ever.
Arillotta, a father of three, accepted a plea agreement and testified in multiple trials against his former bosses and associates. His testimony sent two associates to prison for life. In addition, he assisted in the prosecution of former Longmeadow loan shark Emilio Fusco, a "made man" with the New York-based Genovese family. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison following a trial in 2012.
Under the plea deal, Arillotta pleaded guilty to the 2003 murder-for-hire of Bruno and a number of other crimes, including racketeering, extortion and possession with intent to distribute narcotics.
On the day of Arillotta's arrest in 2010 Bruno's son, Victor Bruno, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Hampden Superior Court against Arillotta.
Including his time served, Arillotta has four more years to serve on his prison sentence.
Bruno was shot six times by Frankie Roche, a Westfield resident and paid gunman, outside the Italian-American club following a Sunday night card game in Springfield's South End. He would have turned 58 the following day. Roche was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2013.
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