Mobster in sicko ‘roulette’ menace
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.”