Sunday, May 12, 2002

Youngstown mob boss nearly done with 'life' sentence

The Associated Press

        YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — After 22 1/2 years in prison, the man once believed to be the boss of organized crime in this city is coming home, and federal authorities don't like it.

        Ronald Carabbia, 73, will be released on or near May 20, said JoEllen Culp of the Adult Parole Authority in Columbus. He will be on parole for five years.

        A jury in Cuyahoga County sentenced Mr. Carabbia to life in prison in 1978 for using a remote-controlled bomb to kill a Cleveland mobster.

        “We would expect him to take a role in organized crime once he gets out — it's not like old generals who just fade away,” FBI Special Agent John Kane told the Vindicator for a story Saturday.

        The parole board received one letter opposing his release and seven supporting it, Ms. Culp said. The letters are not public record.

        “We feel he received the punishment that was just and he should continue his sentence,” Agent Kane said. “He took part in a vicious gangland murder, and as far as we're concerned, he should remain in prison.”

        Mr. Carabbia and another man were found guilty of aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the October 1977 death of Cleveland waterfront boss Daniel J. Greene outside a dentist's office in the Cleveland suburb of Lyndhurst.

        Mr. Carabbia also received a 12-year federal racketeering sentence in 1982 that ran concurrent with the state time.

        Originally from Poland, Mr. Carabbia was 50 when he entered the state prison system in November 1979. He has been incarcerated at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution since March 1981.

        Mr. Carabbia's criminal history dates to the late 1950s, when police started questioning him about car-bombing deaths, gambling operations and burglaries.


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