- Victor Orena was sentenced to life imprisonment and 85 years in 1992
- He challenged Colombo boss Carmine Persico’s control of the family in 1991
- Orena’s actions spark the final mob war in New York City history
- Orena is currently at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts.
- Her lawyer, David Schoen, said ‘Orena doesn’t know who or where she is’
- He said that Orena sometimes believes he is the president, or the warden of the prison.
- Federal prosecutors do not dispute that Orena is now in poor health
- They argued against his release, saying that he could still pose a threat of violence.
Lawyers for one of New York City’s most feared former mafia bosses have told a court that he is now so stricken with Alzheimer’s that he thinks he is the president of the United States, and should be released on compassionate grounds.
Victor Orena, now 87, has been in prison since 1992 after serving a life sentence and 85 years in prison.
Carmine Persico, the head of the Colombo criminal gang – the leader of one of the famous five families running organized crime in New York – was imprisoned, and Orena was chosen until Persico’s son was old enough . up.
Orena tries to challenge the Persico family and sparks the last major Mafia war in New York City, starting in 1991.
Victor Orena, now 87, pictured in his heyday surrounded by dollar bills. Former Mafia Leader Has Been In Jail Since 1992 And Now He Has Alzheimer’s
Orena was sentenced to life imprisonment and 85 years in 1992; His family is demanding compassionate release
Carmine Persico, who ran the Colombo crime family from 1973 until his death in 2019, is pictured in 1986 – the year he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Orena tried to challenge his rule in 1991
The challenge was reportedly backed by John Gotti, the head of the rival Gambino family, who enjoyed watching Colombo isolate himself.
The next year, twelve people were killed and 28 were injured in a killing spree that broke out in the city.
Victor Orena was named acting head of one of New York’s five families, but then he tried to take over and a civil war broke out.
Orena’s lawyer, David Schoen, has been arguing for several years that his client’s dementia means he is no longer a threat, and that he should be released.
Shoen told Brooklyn federal court that Orena is “a man’s shell.”
He told Judge Eric Comity: ‘Mr Orena is completely incapable of self-care. The illusion has been around for a long time.
‘Mr. Orena doesn’t know who he is or where he is.’
Schoen said that sometimes Orena believes he is the president, and other times he thinks he heads to Devens, the Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts, where he is currently held.
Orena contracted COVID-19 in prison and then declared that the pandemic was a conspiracy by President Biden, Scion said.
The lawyer said Orena is now unable to walk on her own or use the bathroom without help.
Orena (right) is pictured with their son Andrew, now 59, who was in court in Brooklyn on Wednesday to continue the fight to release his father.
Assistant US Attorney Devon Lash did not question Orena’s vulnerabilities, but said the father of five and grandfather of 20 still posed a threat, referencing the Colombo bloodshed of the early 1990s.
“He instigated a conflict in which 28 people were injured and 12 people lost their lives,” Lash said.
Judge Comiti did not rule but Orena’s son Andrew Orena, 59, who was in court on Wednesday, said the family was not optimistic.
‘Unfortunately, this is not the time frame we would like,’ he added New York Daily News.