Alleged Canadian mafia figure released from prison

FLORENCE, Colo. - A man alleged to have once been a powerful figure in Montreal's mafia was released Friday from a federal prison in Colorado after serving half of a 10-year sentence in a racketeering case.

Vito Rizzuto was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2007 to racketeering charges related to three Mafia killings in New York City in 1981. He was released after getting credit for time served and good behavior.

Rizzuto was accused of participating in the fatal shootings at a Brooklyn social club in May 1981 of three captains of the Bonanno crime family — Dominick "Big Trin" Trinchera, Philip "Philly Lucky" Giaccone and Alphonse "Sonny Red" Indelicato.

The men were suspected of plotting to take control of the organization, authorities said.

Crime boss Joseph Massino was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after pleading guilty to orchestrating those killings and five others.

Children discovered Indelicato's body in 1981 while playing in a vacant lot in Queens that became known as a graveyard for people ordered killed by gangsters.

In 2005, based on evidence from the Massino investigation, authorities returned to the site and unearthed the remains of Giaccone and Trinchera.

Many of Rizzuto's alleged associates have been arrested during his time in prison, and his father and son were both killed.

Rizzuto was charged with smuggling 16 tons of hashish into Canada, but the case was thrown out in 1990 after it was revealed that police had conducted unauthorized wiretapping.

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