Anthony Comello

Thomas P. Costello

Attorney alludes to extremist websites in Gambino boss’ murder

March 25, 2019 - 9:37 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The man accused in the killing of reputed mob boss Frank Cali was formally charged with murder Monday.

Anthony Comello, 24, lives in the Eltingville neighborhood of Staten Island.

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Cali was gunned down outside of his home in Todt Hill earlier this month. Sources say Comello was upset because Cali disapproved of Comello seeing his niece. Cali was said to be the boss of the Gambino family. He was shot moments after stepping out of his home to inspect a vehicle collision.

Comello was arrested by the NYPD on March 16, at a family vacation home in Brock Township, N.J. He was charged with murder, assault, and criminal possession of a loaded firearm.

Comello waived extradition back to New York, and showed up in court with the phrases 'MAGA forever', 'united we stand', and 'patriots in charge' written on his hands.

On Monday morning, he was in front of a judge on Staten Island to face charges.

Defense attorney Robert Gottlieb said extremist websites played a tole.

"Hate words that have been spewed by citizens including politicians, including right at the White House," he said.

There was no indication that there was any writing on Comello's hands in Monday's appearance.

Comello asked for an received protective custody. He was remanded without bail and will be back in court on April 3.

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