Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Salvatore 'the iron worker' Montagna Killers Sentenced

Salvatore 'the iron worker' Montagna hours before his murder
Jack Simpson, 75, the trigger man who actually shot Montagna, received the longest overall sentence at 10 years. At the time of the murder, Simpson was on parole from a 28-year sentence he had received in 2000 for trafficking 300 kilograms of cocaine in California. Salvatore Montagna was shot three times inside Simpson’s home on Île Vaudry, off the eastern tip of Montreal, and ran outside in a futile attempt to escape his fate.

After crossing a narrow section of the Assomption River, Montagna collapsed and died.

Jack Arthur Simpson

Vittorio Mirarchi
Vittorio Mirarchi, 39, a man who had considerable influence in the plot, was sentenced to a nine-year prison term. Raynald Desjardins, the leader in the plot to eliminate his rival, was sentenced to a 14-year prison term in December. Five of the six men were left with sentences of under two years when the time they have already served was factored in. That means they can serve their sentences in provincial detention and will be eligible for releases soon, in some cases in a matter of weeks.

Both Desjardins and Montagna were trying to take control of the Montreal Mafia in 2011 when the latter was killed. The two had tried to work together but their partnership fell apart. Desjardins assumed Montagna was behind a failed attempt to kill him on Sept. 16, 2011 in Laval.

Raynald Desjardins

Giuseppe “Joe” Renda
Two days before the attempt was made on Desjardins’s life, ‎the Sûreté du Québec had Montagna under surveillance. He met with two men — Giuseppe (Joseph) Renda and Antonio (Tony Suzuki) Pietrantonio. Both men sided with Montagna. Pietrantonio was shot and critically wounded at a strip mall weeks after Montagna was killed.

Renda disappeared in May 2012 and hasn't been seen since.

Antonio (Tony Suzuki) Pietrantonio
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