Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mafia hitman's parole yanked over social media posts

The killer formerly known as Kenneth Murdock, 54, was sentenced to 13 years for three counts of second-degree murder and extortion after striking a shocking plea deal that saw him take the stand to testify in a heavily guarded Hamilton courtroom in 1999. In court he said his bosses in the Musitano crime family ordered him to kill his victims.

In 1985 he used a machine gun on a man who failed to pay gambling debts. In 1987 he killed John “Johnny Pops” Papalia with a .38 to the back of Papalia’s head. Two months later, he knocked on Carmen Barillaro's front door and shot him dead when he opened it.

John “Johnny Pops” Papalia

Angelo Musitano and Pat Musitano in September of 1998.
He testified that Pasquale (Pat) Musitano and his younger brother, Angelo Musitano, were behind his killings. After serving 13 years of his life sentence, he was released on full parole. In July he was returned to prison after two drunken posts on social media. He appeared before the parole board last week via a video link from prison to plead for release. His apology was accepted. The board agreed there was no “malice or criminal intent” in his posts. Given another chance, he was ordered to stay off booze and to reside at a specific place approved by Corrections Canada for six months.

Carmen Barillaro
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