Early Criminal Career
Following in the footsteps of his father, Persico began working as a Colombo crime family associate and was eventually inducted into the family in 1987. However his rising mafia status was cut short when in 1988, Persico was arrested for drug trafficking charges and was later sentenced to 20 years to life in New York State Prison.
In the summer of 1993, Persico Jr. was granted a prison furlough to attend his grandmother’s wake at Scarpaci Funeral Home in Bensonhurst. After saying a prayer in front of his grandmother’s coffin, Persico Jr. sat down in the chapel with three associates and delivered Orena loyalist and capo Joseph Scopo's death warrant, according to testimony by mob rat Anthony "Big Anthony" Russo.
He would plead guilty to the murder conspiracy charge in connection with the rubout of Scopo in 1993 during the third Colombo civil war.
In 2004, Persico was released from prison after his drug sentence was overturned. Upon being released, Persico was promoted to capo and bought along Colombo associate Kenny Gallo as a member of his crew. Little did Persico know, Gallo was a longtime fbi informant. Due to Gallo’s undercover work, Persico was inprisoned in 2005 on loansharking charges. In 2008, Persico was released from prison
World Trade Center clean up racket
In March 9, 2010, Persico, Jr., Colombo soldier Thomas Petrizzo, Colombo associates Michael Persico, Edward "Tall Guy" Garofalo, Jr., Alicia DiMichele, Mike Lnu, Robert C. Bombino, and Louis Romeo were arrested for using a Colombo-controlled trucking company, All Around Trucking, to execute a kickback and extortion scheme for debris-removal subcontracting from Boston-based demolition contractors Testa Corporation at two sites: The World Trade Center construction site in Lower Manhattan, and the Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant on the border between Brooklyn and Queens.
On May 29, 2014 Persico was sentenced to 12 years in prison for passing the order to underlings in a Brooklyn funeral parlor to whack a gangland rival.
Theodore Persico Jr. is scheduled for release on August 21, 2020.
People murdered by Theodore Persico Jr.
Order: Nº. Name/Rank/Affiliation/When/Involvement/Reason
- Joseph Scopo/Capo/Colombo crime family/1993/Ordered it/Persico ordered his death because he was a member of the rival faction during the third Colombo war.