New York — Federal prosecutors say the son of a reputed Bonanno affiliate gunned down at a McDonald’s drive-thru within the Bronx was behind his father’s hit, and an earlier failed assault on his personal brother. Anthony Zottola Sr. was arraigned in Brooklyn federal court docket Tuesday on murder-for-hire conspiracy and different expenses within the killing of his 71-year-old father, Sylvester Zottola, and the near-fatal capturing of his 41-year-old brother, Salvatore.
Three different defendants had been additionally charged within the case Tuesday and a fifth suspect is being sought. All 4 pleaded not responsible.
The elder Zottola was killed in October whereas sitting in his automotive, ready for a cup of espresso.
Again in July, CBS New York reported surveillance video caught the second Zottola’s 41-year-old son, Salvatore, was ambushed in entrance of his dwelling in Throgs Neck and shot a number of instances within the head and chest. Salvatore Zottola survived that assault.
5 alleged Bloods gang members have additionally been arrested within the slaying and the plot to kill Alvatore Salvatore.
Prosecutors inform CBS New York that though gang members pulled the triggers, Anthony Zottola was pulling the strings, hiring gang members for the assaults.
In response to authorities, these assaults had been solely the newest in a protracted line of botched makes an attempt by Zottola to have his father and brother murdered. Prosecutors say in November of 2017, the daddy was menaced at gunpoint by a masked particular person.
Then in December, three males invaded his residence, struck him on the pinnacle with a gun, stabbed him a number of instances, and slashed his throat.
Sylvester Zottola survived that assault as nicely, solely to be killed lower than a yr later.