Friday, April 30, 2021

Ex-Colombo family boss Victor Orena

Vittorio "Little Vic" Orena is a New York mobster who became the temporary acting boss of the Colombo crime family. A challenge by Orena to jailed boss Carmine Persico triggered one of the bloodiest Mafia wars in New York history. The once feared boss is 86 with advanced dementia and can no longer care for himself. He is wheelchair-bound.
A tossed firearms charge in a 1992 case could be his last shot at freedom because he has to be resentenced completely. The Colombo conflict spiraled out of control in 1991. As the war progressed into 1992, Orena was convicted on charges of murder and racketeering. By the end of 1992, the shooting war had ended and Persico remained in control of the Colombo family. Persico died in prison in 2019.