Pasquale “Patsy” Parrello (born 1944) is a capo in the Genovese crime family. He ran his crew out of Pasquale’s Rigoletto on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx. He was once indicted for ordering the beating of a panhandler who harassed female patrons by his Arthur Avenue eatery. Genovese soldiers Ronald "The Beast" Mastrovincenzo and Buddy Torres carried out the beating and were later heard describing the experience as a game of baseball.
In 1993, Parrello’s 24-year-old son Pasquale Parello Jr. was murdered out of revenge during an altercation that turned physical at Pasquale's Rigoletto. Gambino consigliere Frank Locascio's son Salvatore was being loud and obnoxious. Parrello Snr. warned Locascio to tone it down and when the up-and-coming mobster didn’t listen, Parrello slapped him in the face. On April 23, Pasquale Jr. was shot to death. An Albanian gangster named Victor Mirdita was apprehended near the crime scene and charged with the murder. He was part of an Albanian crew which allegedly was close to the Gambino family and the Locascios. Patsy Jr. had previously been a member of The Tanglewood Boys.
On December 5, 2001, Parrello and Genovese captains Rosario Gangi and Joseph Dente, Jr. were charged with extortion, robbery conspiracy, gun trafficking, loan sharking, labor racketeering and embezzlement, credit card fraud, trafficking in untaxed liquor and cigarettes, gambling and counterfeiting. In 2003 he was sentenced to 88 months for racketeering.
In 2003, Victor Mirdita, Parrello's son's killer, had also been released from prison and Ronald Mastrovincenzo, who has since died from natural causes, spotted the alleged hitman in a car near one of his restaurants. When he told Parrello, they began plotting Mirdita’s demise together with Israel “Buddy” Torres, Anthony Zinzi, and Bradford Wedra, who are all longtime members of Parrello’s crew. Unbeknownst to them however, the FBI was aware of the plot and warned Mirdita that his life was in danger. During those meetings, FBI agents never divulged where the threat was coming from, but Mirdita knew and made sure he got out of harm’s way.
The reason the feds knew about Parrello’s murderous plans was because they had an insider working for them. Genovese family associate John Rubeo wore a wire and recorded various conversations he had with Parrello and other mobsters. On insistence of the FBI, he also tried to dissuade Parrello from pushing through on the murder plot. As a result, the crew focused on making money and shelved its plans for murder. As they went about their business, however, the FBI had a front row seat. Thanks to Rubeo they were aware of a wide range of criminal activities involving an ever growing group of mobsters from several different families. Parrello was at the center of the entire conspiracy as Rubeo was a member of his crew.
In August 2016, Parrello was indicted as part of a large scale racketeering case along with fellow Genovese captain Eugene "Rooster" O'Nofrio and Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, the alleged leader of the Philadelphia crime family. He subsequently pleaded guilty to extortion and on September 7, 2017 he was sentenced to seven years in federal prison — six months longer than the deal he’d brokered when he agreed to a plea. Federal judges, however, were not required to follow sentencing recommendations negotiated between prosecutors and defense lawyers. During his plea hearing that May, many supporters had packed a Manhattan federal courthouse to cheer him on and he reportedly smiled and thanked everyone for coming. Parrello's family members and friends had also penned more than 40 supportive letters attesting to his character, but Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Sullivan wasn't swayed by the aging mobster's purported kindness and generosity and upped the agreed upon sentence due to his previous racketeering conviction and his refusal to change his ways after being given a second chance.