Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sicilian Mafia brothers handed life sentence in murder of Juan Ramon Fernandez

Juan Ramon Fernandez, right, with Giuseppe Carbone shortly before Carbone helped kill him.Two mobsters in Sicily were sentenced to life in prison for killing two gangsters from Canada. Juan Ramon Fernandez, 56, had been deported from Canada when he was cut down in a hail of bullets in 2013. Dying beside him in the ambush was Fernando Pimentel, who was visiting Italy to help his exiled boss.

Pietro Scaduto, 51, Salvatore Scaduto, 54, and Giuseppe Carbone shot Fernandez and Pimentel on April 9, 2013. Carbone became a cooperating witness against the brothers.
Pietro Scaduto, left, Salvatore Scaduto.
The order to kill Fernandez came from Canada.Fernandez had torn loyalties. He was close to both Rizzuto and Desjardins and owed much to each of them. Desjardins had first brought Fernandez into a higher echelon of crime but it was Rizzuto who gave him his true power. Fernandez claimed Rizzuto even inducted him as a “made man” of the Mafia — despite him being Spanish not Italian. Fernandez’s sin was his failure to chose a side: He was “like a priest who visits all the churches,” Carbone was told.
The bodies were dumped in a shallow grave and set ablaze. The car was then driven to a different location and also set on fire to destroy evidence. Unable to resist profit Carbone slipped an expensive watch off Fernandez’s wrist. It had been a gift to him from Rizzuto.

Carbone was later caught trying to sell the watch, leading to his arrest. He agreed to help police with their investigation and to testify against his co-accused, becoming a “pentito” in Italian parlance.