Thursday, March 16, 2017

Francesco 'chit' Del Balso out and about

Francesco Del Balso, a strong man of the Rizzuto mafia clan, has returned to freedom with an electronic bracelet around his ankle. After spending more than nine years behind bars and nine months in a half-way house, the 46-year-old Montreal mafioso returned home in late January, agreeing to submit to the exceptional surveillance measure.

Del Balso informed the Parole Board of Canada in May 2016 that he feels his life is not in danger even though a great many of his associates have been executed. Lorenzo Giordano and Rocco Sollecito were both riddled with bullets and correctional authorities even took the decision to bring Del Balso back to the penitentiary for his own safety.

Del Balso was one of six interim leaders of the Rizzuto organization. Today, only two of these six are still alive: Del Balso and Francesco Arcadi. Arcadi, 62, received one of the lengthiest sentences in Project Colisée and is due for release soon. When he is released from a federal penitentiary he must reside at a halfway house for the next three years.

The complete decimation of the Sicilian mob in Montreal would have been unthinkable to Godfather Vito Rizzuto. He died on December 23, 2013 from complications of lung cancer at a Montreal hospital. He was 67

Vito Rizzuto
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