Mob­ster in sicko ‘roulette’ men­ace

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY ANDREW KESHNER

A GAM­BINO gang­ster once gam­bled on an ex-girl­friend’s life with a round of Rus­sian roulette, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

Weeks ahead of Bat­tista (Benny) Ger­i­tano’s trial on al­le­ga­tions he mailed death threats to his ex-lawyers, Brook­lyn fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors un­veiled ev­i­dence they might in­tro­duce — in­clud­ing the re­puted Gam­bino as­so­ciate’s 1994 tor­ment­ing of his ex.

Ac­cord­ing to the fil­ing, Ger­i­tano (photo) forced the woman — and the 4-yearold girl they had to­gether — into his car and brought them to his Brook­lyn apart­ment.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that once in­side, “as the for­mer girl­friend held their daugh­ter in her arms, (Ger­i­tano) put one bul­let into a re­volver, pointed the gun at her and pulled the trig­ger.”

Luck­ily, the gun didn’t fire, they added. It was un­clear whether the weapon jammed or the bul­let was not in the cham­ber. His mo­tive also was not re­vealed.

Po­lice later found five loaded firearms at the apart­ment, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers.

Ger­i­tano, 45, is charged with mail­ing death threats to the lawyers who once rep­re­sented him in a state case that ended in his at­tempted-assault con­vic­tion for a 2012 stab­bing at a Bay Ridge club.

The roulette in­ci­dent was ini­tially men­tioned in his state sen­tenc­ing doc­u­ments — which one of the tar­geted lawyers surely read. Pros­e­cu­tors said they might need to bring up that in­ci­dent, and oth­ers, to prove the at­tor­neys’ fear in get­ting Ger­i­tano’s men­ac­ing mis­sives.

Ger­i­tano’s cur­rent lawyer scoffed at that no­tion.

“All that stuff is an­cient his­tory,” Ger­i­tano’s ap­pointed lawyer, Wal­ter Mack, told the Daily News.

He said he’ll re­spond to the fil­ing and added that pros­e­cu­tors were “do­ing their best to poi­son the well. They cer­tainly do not wish him well.”

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