Member of Drug Gang Sentenced to
SEPT 7 -- Boston, MA -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; John Blodgett, Essex County District Attorney; Martha Coakley, Middlesex County District Attorney; Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in New England; and Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that JOHN P. DECOLOGERO, JR, 34, and formerly of Lowell and Burlington, Massachusetts, was sentenced yesterday afternoon in federal court by United States District Judge Rya W. Zobel to serve seventeen and one-half years in prison in connection with his earlier convictions on racketeering charges. DECOLOGERO was found guilty of federal racketeering charges on March 20, 2006, after nine weeks of trial.
The defendant was charged with being a member of a criminal enterprise, called the DeCologero Crew, that was headed by DECOLOGERO’s uncle, Paul A. DeCologero. The DeCologero Crew engaged in drug dealing and predatory drug activity such as robbing competitive drug dealers of their money and drugs. At the same trial, Paul A. DeCologero was convicted of the November 1996 witness tampering murder of 19-year old Aislin Silva, then a resident of Medford, Massachusetts, as well as other charges.In May 2005, co-defendant Derek Capozzi, age 33, formerly of Beverly, Massachusetts, was convicted after a separate trial of being an accessory after the fact to the killing of Ms. Silva.
The evidence at the recent racketeering trial showed that in 1995 and 1996, Paul A. DeCologero headed the DeCologero Crew, a criminal organization that included at least his brother John DeCologero, Sr., his nephews, JOHN P. DECOLOGERO, JR., Paul J. DeCologero, Joseph Pavone, Derek Capozzi, Kevin Meuse, Thomas Regan, and Stephen DiCenso. When guns stolen by members of the crew were discovered by police and federal agents at the Medford apartment of then 19 year old Aislin Silva, where they had been stashed by Crew member Stephen DiCenso, Paul A. DeCologero ordered that Ms. Silva be kept away from law enforcement officers for a week, and then ordered that she be killed in order to protect himself and his Crew from her possible cooperation with federal authorities as a witness against the DeCologero Crew. Paul J. DeCologero and Joseph Pavone were convicted of participating in a witness tampering conspiracy, and along with Paul A. DeCologero and JOHN P. DECOLOGERO, JR. of various other charges. Derek Capozzi was previously convicted of joining the conspiracy to kill Aislin Silva, and then being an accessory after the fact to her killing, based on evidence that he helped dismember her body with two other members of the DeCologero Crew and dispose of it in a burial site that has never been located.
Paul J. DeCologero and Pavone were sentenced on August 30, 2006, for their roles in the DeCologero Crew. Paul J. DeCologero was sentenced to 25 years in prison; Pavone was sentenced to six years in prison. Paul A DeCologero is scheduled to be sentenced September 28, 2006.A joint investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Massachusetts State Police, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance of the Medford, Woburn, Lowell, and Wilmington Police Departments.