Two Boston mobsters will be saying goodbye to their freedom in the coming months, while another Beantown wiseguy is celebrating a promotion, per exclusive Gangster Report sources. Anthony (Spucky) Spagnolo, the alleged 73-year old acting boss of the New England mafia and his 75-year old mob henchman Pryce (Stretch) Quintina, pled guilty this week to a near decade-long pattern of extortion related to a vending machine business and local social club, both agreeing to do prison time, while word on the street in the North End (Boston’s Little Italy) is that Gregory (Fat Greg) Costa, a protégé of New England mafia underboss Carmen (The Big Cheese) DiNunzio, recently received a bump up to a capo post.

Spagnolo, who reportedly succeeded DiNunzio’s baby brother, the presently-incarcerated Anthony (The Little Cheese) DiNunzio, as acting boss in 2012 and got his start in the local underworld in the East Boston crew, will do two years behind bars. Quintina, the nephew of deceased Patriarca crime family consigliere Charles (Q-Ball) Quintina, will spend a year and a half as a guest of the government. Their prison sentences will begin in the spring. They admitted to extorting shakedown cash from Constitution Vending for ten years and threatening owners of the Revere Moose Lodge, intimidating them into keeping its contract with Constitution Vending machines instead of changing vendors.

It’s believed either Boston-based Carmen DiNunzio will takeover day-to-day shot calling for the entire Patriarca regime when Spagnolo departs for the pen in March or reputed Providence-stationed consigliere Anthony (Pony Tail Tony) Parillo will. DiNunzio, per sources, has told those close to him he is reluctant to assume the reins as acting boss of the Family, because of a desire to keep a lower profile until he’s “off paper.”

Boasting a rap sheet littered with a laundry list of felonies that dates back to the 1950s, Spagnolo has served prison time before and is still considered a suspect in the never-solved 1976 murder of New England mob enforcer and turncoat Joe (The Animal) Barboza carried out in California. FBI memos from the early 1980s cite informants telling their handlers that Spagnolo and his mentor in the mafia, East Boston capo and future consigliere Joe (J.R.) Russo traveled to west coast to pull off the Barboza hit with Russo acting as the shooter in the slaying and Spagnolo the getaway driver.

The man they call Spucky – seen in this article’s featured image – is far from soft, as evidenced by this tidbit caught in a conversation of his intercepted by the government.

“Things are tough in the mafia these days, I might have to go back to making money the old fashioned way, pulling kids out of their sneakers and emptying their fucking pockets,” he was recorded telling an associate.

According to sources located in the North End, as Spagnolo prepares to leave town for prison, Fat Greg Costa is getting used to a new job and new responsibilities – Costa was allegedly upped to capo by DiNunzio at some point in the past six months, a decision signed off by Spagnolo and syndicate don Peter (The Crazy Horse) Limone, an octogenarian gangster currently in semiretirement. Costa rose through the ranks of the mob as DiNunzio’s driver, bodyguard and top collector. The pair went down together in a federal racketeering case in the mid-2000s. DiNunzio, 58, got out of prison earlier this year.

The 46-year old Costa took fed pinches in 2002 and 2006. Patriarca button men were caught discussing Costa’s strong arm antics on FBI audio surveillance in 2001, one referring to him as a “loose cannon” and questioning why DiNunzio allows him to act the way he does. Multiple sources say Spagnolo was initially reluctant to clear the choice of Costa as a new skipper and wanted to wait until DiNunzio got out of the can before the promotion was made.

“Carmen has wanted to give that spot to Greg for a while now, at least back as far as the last couple years of the bid he just did,” one GR source explained. “Greg’s a tough guy, he rubs some people the wrong way. But he’s Carmen’s guy and Carmen trusts him like a son. That goes a long way in this line of business.”

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