Brooklyn, NY: A wannabe hitman who bumbled and botched multiple attempts to take out mob boss testifies in court as a main witness in a Brooklyn federal court case against the son of the mob boss target.
The untalented hitman turned cooperating witness, Ron Cabey, took the stand for the murder-for-hire plot against the ambitious Anthony Zottola.
Zottola is accused of setting up ‘the hit’ against his own family, his father and brother, using the help of a couple of local thugs from the Bloods gang.
His father, Sylvester “Sally Daz” Zottola is the head of a sprawling real estate empire.
The legal legitimacy of his empire is unclear- but use your imagination.
Cabey took the stand to retell his botched murder attempts. He testified he agreed to murder the father, ‘Sally Daz’ Zottola, for $10,000. Sally Daz was a known and respected affiliate with the Bonanno and Lucchese crime families based out of New York City.
The Bonanno and Lucchese family operates mostly in New York City area, but is known to spread out into New Jersey and even Florida.
Cabey’s testimony is a focal point against the alleged organizer of the hit. He also talked about his role in it.
“The stoolie told jurors he got roped into the murder plot through a meeting with a Bloods gang leader named Bushawn Shelton soon after he was released from jail in a separate case.”
The NY Post continued:
“Noting he ‘wasn’t comfortable with his driving skills,’ Cabey said he requested Shelton hook him up with a getaway driver and a pistol to carry out the murders in The Bronx.”
Cabey testified about one of his failed attempts.
Cabey met with one of the drivers that was arranged for him by the convict, Bushawn Shelton. The driver, a Bloods gang member who is referred to as ‘Dot’, met Cabey in Brooklyn. The two planned the hit, which included the gun he was going to use and planned to sipe it down afterward.
However, when Cabey and Dot left a residence in Bedford- Stuyvesant, the plan already fell apart.
According to the NY Post column:
“When the pair walked out of Dot’s Bedford-Stuyvesant house, they were immediately noticed and pursued by undercover police officers in a car, he testified.”
The column continued:
“Cabey threw his gun under a parked car and ran off — but Dot was arrested by the cops, he told jurors. Dot beat the case at the grand jury stage, Cabey said on the stand.”
Cabey then testified about another failed attempt with Dot. He stated to jurors that he got into a ‘horrible tan van’. The two then headed out to Locus Point, a neighborhood where Salvatore lived.
They were scheduled to meet Shelton, the convict, who was going to issue Cabey a capable knife to use.
But then Cabey and Dot got high while they were waiting- typical criminals.
According to the Post:
“A stoned Cabey then set off to kill Salvatore – but got spooked away when he thought someone at the house noticed him enter the wrong combination on a keypad to get into the home.”
Cabey wasn’t finished yet. He was determined. The final attempt included another thug, who is now a defendant in the case.
Cabey’s embarrassing attempt almost got him killed.
Actually… with an imbecile like Cabey, it’s a surprise he didn’t get himself killed already.
According to the Post:
“In a final June 12, 2018 attempt, Cabey rode with defendant Himen Ross to one of Sylvester Zottola’s properties in the Bronx and finally got family patriarch in his gun sights.”
The column continued:
“As he approached Sylvester on the street, the aging mobster shouted, ‘don’t come any closer!’ Cabey told jurors.”
According to testimony, Sylvester pulled out his own gun and shot at Cabey. Cabey managed to avoid getting shot (somehow), and tried to return fire, but his handgun jammed.
Sounds about right.
Police arrested Cabey and his accomplice later that day. The patriarch, Zotolla, was eventually successfully murdered at a local McDonalds while sitting in the drive-thru waiting for coffee.
The trial is continuing as of the writing of this article.
A critical and concerning remaining in the trial is the credibility of Cabey as a key witness. Like most readers would agree, how can a juror trust an incompetent wannabe criminal.
In more mafia news…
Welcome to California: Former Mexican mafia killer, drug dealer and rapist given parole
Posted July 23, 2022
SACRAMENTO, CA – Parole officials in California have announced the pending release of former Mexican Mafia gang leader Rene “Boxer” Enriquez.
The release comes after his alleged cooperation with law enforcement officials in other criminal investigations.
California parole officials have approved the release of Rene "Boxer" Enriquez, a notorious former Mexican Mafia prison gang leader who has been cooperating with law enforcement for nearly 20 years. https://t.co/BgHqqRpESj
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 20, 2022
Enriquez’s criminal career started in his late teens when he was first arrested for several armed robberies. Enriquez would go on to commit rapes, and drug sales, and be convicted of two murders which left him a sentence of life in prison.
Despite his criminal history, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies have rushed to his aide requesting that he be paroled for his part in multiple criminal investigations.
Enriquez has been credited by law enforcement for stopping a murder-for-hire plot, providing information that helped them figure out the inner workings of violent gangs in the state prison system, and enabling them to get convictions and lengthy prison sentences for drug dealers.
However, despite the many years that Enriquez has been up for parole, every governor who was in office at the time denied the request.
Not necessarily because he is a convicted murderer with a violent past, but because they believed that he was in danger by those he has helped be sentenced to prison for their criminal offenses, something that his attorney, Laura Sheppard, said they cannot do.
“They can’t deny him parole based on, ‘He might be in danger.’ That’s kind of his risk to take.”
Law enforcement officials do not believe there is any risk that Enriquez will return to his violent criminal past and are hoping that he is right, that the gang members will not exact revenge on him when he is freed.
“With his [Enriquez] knowledge of the mafia, it’s his belief that if he stays out of their way…that he’ll be fine. He doesn’t believe they’re going to chase him down like you see in the movies, hunt him throughout the world.”
Ex-Mexican Mafia Killer Rene ‘Boxer' Enriquez Approved for Parole in California https://t.co/9YEGFFbtrp
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 19, 2022
When asked why Enriquez has changed teams from criminals to that of law enforcement, she said that is how he believes he is making amends to those that he has victimized over his lifetime. She said:
“It’s how he makes amends. He’s probably prevented more crimes than he was ever involved in.”
While Sheppard and some members of law enforcement believe that Enriquez has changed his ways, others, like the parents of Cynthia Gavaldon, who he ordered killed in 1989, feel otherwise.
Gavaldon’s father, Raymond Figueroa, called Enriquez a “monster” who “has nothing to offer.” He said:
“All he ever has known and touched has died.”
Enriquez ordered Gavaldon killed because he suspected she had been stealing drugs from him, something that her son, who has not been named, believes he can never atone for:
“Nothing can make up for that, regardless of any other people he’s put away or things he’s offered to law enforcement. Nothing can repay what he’s done.”
Gavaldon was a 27-year-old mother of two when Enriquez ordered she be killed on Christmas Eve in 1989. Her lifeless body was found in a vacant lot in Boyle Heights.
Enriquez would later admit to the parole board that he was the one who ordered her to be killed.
Enriquez’s second murder conviction came shortly after Gavaldon’s body was found.
Enriquez admitted that he and another member of his gang had intentionally overdosed David Gallegos who was a fellow gang member.
They did so because they considered him a coward for supposedly running from some type of fight.
Two consecutive governors previously blocked parole for Rene “Boxer” Enriquez. https://t.co/gCA0rIA6In
— The Press Democrat (@NorthBayNews) July 20, 2022
After they overdosed Gallegos, they sat him up in a car and drove past another member of the gang to show that they were taking care of the coward.
They drove his body Gallegos away and Enriquez later shot him in the head even though he was believed to be dead already.
A different type of ‘mob’, but is it that different?
NYC mayor backs “drag queen story hour” for kids – city councilwoman opposes, gets threatened by “leftist hate mob”
Posted June 18, 2022
NEW YORK – While New York City Mayor Eric Adams voiced support for drag queen story hours, a NYC Councilwoman has been threatened for speaking in opposition.
As we previously reported, New York City has been host to taxpayer-funded drag queen story hours, in which “performers” regale young and impressionable minds with creations such as “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish.”
Mayor Adams spoke out in favor of such performances recently on Twitter, declaring that such displays represent “diversity, personal expression, and literacy.”
“Drag storytellers, and the libraries and schools that support them, are advancing a love of diversity, personal expression, and literacy that is core to what our city embraces.”
Drag storytellers, and the libraries and schools that support them, are advancing a love of diversity, personal expression, and literacy that is core to what our city embraces.
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) June 16, 2022
He continued by advocating for the supposed benefits to children’s emotional intelligence:
“At a time when our LGBTQ+ communities are under increased attack across this country, we must use our education system to educate.
“The goal is not only for our children to be academically smart, but also emotionally intelligent.”
At a time when our LGBTQ+ communities are under increased attack across this country, we must use our education system to educate. The goal is not only for our children to be academically smart, but also emotionally intelligent.
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) June 16, 2022
Some respondents to these tweets voiced their concerns over such performances for children.
“When will you be bringing the strippers in?
“Drag Queens are ADULT entertainment. They are grown men who MOCK women in a comedy fashion.
“WTF is wrong with you?”
When will you be bringing the strippers in? Drag Queens are ADULT entertainment. They are grown men who MOCK women in a comedy fashion. WTF is wrong with you?
— Kimberly Morin (@Conservativeind) June 16, 2022
Another tweeted in response:
“I’m gay and a parent, it’s just not appropriate nor representative of gay people.
“It should NOT be tax funded or in public schools against parents wishes.”
I'm gay and a parent, it's just not appropriate nor representative of gay people. It should NOT be tax funded or in public schools against parents wishes
— EJE (@sanfran_972) June 17, 2022
Another suggested an alternative for story hour hosts, saying:
“I guess my question is why not a lonely senior citizen or vet instead?
“A retired vet could even provide security for the schools.”
I guess my question is why not a lonely senior citizen or vet instead? A retired vet could even provide security for the schools.
— AlexandraRivera (@AlexRiv0827) June 17, 2022
One prominent person pushing back against drag queen story hours is NYC Council member Vickie Paladino, a Republican who represents District 19 of Northeast Queens.
According to her biography:
“Vickie’s legislative priorities emphasize public safety and support for the NYPD, the preservation of our quality of life, education, support for small business, and holding our government and representatives accountable.”
Paladino was recently quoted by the New York Post in an article on taxpayer-funded drag queen story hours.
“I am considering pulling funding to any school in my district that is implementing Drag Queen Story Hour.”
“We are taking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the pockets of hardworking New York taxpayers … to fund a program teaching little children about their gender fluidity?
“Not. On. My. Watch.”
On June 13, 2022, Paladino doubled down in her efforts to shield children from “grooming and sexualization,” announcing on Twitter:
“I am quoted in this article, and I will reiterate: Any school in my district participating in ‘drag queen’ degeneracy risks losing their funding.
“Adult drag performers have NO BUSINESS in our schools, and they will not be in my district. Period.”
I am quoted in this article, and I will reiterate: Any school in my district participating in 'drag queen' degeneracy risks losing their funding.
Adult drag performers have NO BUSINESS in our schools, and they will not be in my district. Period. https://t.co/rCKuvYNW0K
— Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (@VickieforNYC) June 13, 2022
She continued in followup tweets:
“I have thus far allocated MILLIONS of dollars in funding for district schools for repairs, upgrades, and new programs because I am a major advocate for education.
“This funding will be reconsidered if a school is found to have participated in these activities.
“Progressives may have no problem with child grooming and sexualization, but I do. This will not happen on my watch.
“Kids deserve a quality education free from political manipulation and sexual content. And that’s what the kids in District 19 will get.”
According to the New York Post, New York City’s LGBTQIA+ Caucus has demanded that Paladino be “removed from her committee assignments and formally censured.”
Co-chairs Crystal Hudson and Tiffany Cabán said in a statement:
“The recent comments made by Council Member Vickie Paladino (District 19) are unacceptable from anyone, let alone an elected official.
“They are full of hate, intolerance, and ignorance.
“… we condemn and denounce Council Member Paladino’s bigoted comments and call for her to be removed from her committee assignments and formally censured.”
Words matter and so do our actions. It’s our responsibility to ensure bigotry does not go unchecked. pic.twitter.com/N44UfpiMlw
— Council Member Crystal Hudson (@CMCrystalHudson) June 16, 2022
The pair continued by referring to drag queen story hours as “wholesome,” saying:
“Drag Queen Story Hour NYC is a wonderful, wholesome, and vital program that invites our children to explore who they really are, to see themselves as unique individuals with the right to be whoever they are in the world.”
Hudson and Cabán also claimed that Paladino’s comments could “intensify” the “threat of violence” against the LGBTQIA+ community.
Paladino, for her part, stood strong in the face of pushback, tweeting:
“It’s not ‘hate speech’ to say drag queens don’t belong in schools. I make zero apologies for that.
“Protecting children is my priority. Period. This is what I was elected for.
“And I will continue to be the most transparent, effective council member this district has ever had.”
It’s not ‘hate speech’ to say drag queens don’t belong in schools. I make zero apologies for that.
Protecting children is my priority. Period. This is what I was elected for.
And I will continue to be the most transparent, effective council member this district has ever had.
— Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (@VickieforNYC) June 16, 2022
Unfortunately, it appears that some of that pushback was in the form of violent threats, as Paladino’s office has begun to require protection from those bent on sexualizing young children.
Paladino tweeted on June 16:
“As my progressive council colleagues and their radical allies play victim and pretend that speaking against drag queens in elementary schools put them in ‘danger’, back in the real world my office now requires a police detail due to threats of violence from the leftist hate mob.”
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