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Mob boss murder suspect 'doesn't have much longer on this planet'

March 19, 2019 - 7:17 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The 24-year-old Staten Island man accused of gunning down a mob boss last week is a “dead man walking,” according to an expert who spoke with the Staten Island Advance.

A police source with knowledge of organized crime told the Advance that Anthony Comello will have a target on his back the rest of his life – which will likely be a very short one.

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“He doesn’t have much longer on this planet. The concern now is for his family because they live on Staten Island,” the source told the Advance, adding that Comello and his family will be placed in protective custody to keep them safe.

The source said Comello could likely fall victim to a mob hit or “somebody trying to make a name for himself by taking this kid out if the family doesn’t get to him first.”

 “It’s not if it is going to happen, it’s when is it going to happen,” the source said, according to the Advance.

Comello waived extradition back to New York in New Jersey on Monday and is expected to be back on Staten Island this week following the shooting of Gambino mob boss Frank Cali, who was killed outside his home on Staten Island Wednesday night while his family was home.

Reports say Comello may have believed that Cali stood in the way of his romance with the boss's niece and that it may not have been mob-related -- but an investigation into the motive continues.

In a surprising moment at his extradition hearing Monday, Comello flashed his palm, which included phrases like "United We Stand MAGA" and "Patriots In Charge."

The law enforcement source told the Advance Comello “doesn’t even seem bothered by it” and that it appears he’s “proud of himself because his name is in the record books forever.”

Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Mafia's Gambino family, once one of the most powerful crime organizations in the country. News accounts since 2015 said he had ascended to the top spot.

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