New Jersey mafia captain Charles (Charlie the Hat) Stango was sentenced this week to 10 years in federal prison for plotting to murder a mob rival. Late last year, Stango, 73, pled guilty to trying to hire a pair of undercover FBI agents to kill DeCalvacante crime family soldier Luigi (Lou the Dog) Oliveri for $50,000. The younger Oliveri had disrespected a high-ranking of a DeCalvacante clan at a wedding in 2014 and upset other crime family elders related to his boastful behavior, according to the indictment.

At the time of his arrest in March 2015, Charlie the Hat Stango, sometimes referred to on the street as “Beeps” or “Beepsie,” resided in Las Vegas and conducted his business back east in the Garden State through his 35-year old son, Anthony (Whitey) Stango, who pled guilty to racketeering charges in the case against his dad last year too – he got slapped with a six-year bid behind bars. Whitey Stango met with one of the undercover feds on his father’s behalf and tried to set up an escort service in Toms River, New Jersey.

Also arrested in the case was reputed New Jersey mob bigwig Frank (Goomba Frankie) Nigro, tabbed by some as the DeCalvacante’s consigliere and per the original indictment the man that sanctioned the contract via Stango’s request. Nigro, 73, had the charges dropped.

Court filings allege Oliveri, 43, was being protected by then-aging DeCalvacante don John (The Eagle) Riggi and that it was Riggi who cancelled the hit and inducted Oliveri into the mob sometime between his release from prison in 2012 and his death of natural causes at the ripe old age of 90 in the summer of 2015, five months after Stango and 10 other New Jersey wiseguys were busted. Riggi’s acting boss, Frank Guarraci, died of cancer last spring.

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