STATEN ICELAND, NY – The good news for alleged Colombo family soldier Joseph (Joe Fish) Marra is that a federal judge did not break federal guidelines on Wednesday when he tried Marra on an extortionate conviction.
On the other hand, the 60-year-old defendant was hit with the maximum sentence recommended under these guidelines: 37 months behind bars.
Marra also lost $ 43,590 that authorities seized from his Brooklyn home in October 2019.
In October 2019, Marra was among 20 suspects charged on wide-ranging charges of extortion, extortion, lending and stalking.
The defendants included an alleged Colombo family capo and other alleged gangsters and employees.
Seventeen were Staten Islanders, including one accused of attempting to fix an NCAA college basketball game in December 2018, authorities said. He didn’t succeed.
Officials said 11 of the suspects were Colombo members or employees.
In addition to Marra, they also included Joseph Amato Sr. from Colts Neck, NJ, the alleged captain.
Many of the accused have since pleaded guilty.
A substitute indictment alleged that Marra and others “employed and related to” the Colombo have illegally collected debts from six people.
The shakedown took place between February 2017 and September 2019, according to the indictment.
Last November, Marra, a previously convicted felon, pleaded guilty to extortion in federal court in Brooklyn to solve his case.
In a verdict memo, Defense Attorney Joseph Mure Jr. urged the court to formulate a “fair judgment” under the Guidelines.
The accused was not convicted of a series of violent extortions, but of unlawful debt collection.
Judges are not bound by guidelines that are advisory.
“Joseph Marra has openly assumed responsibility for his actions and stands before this court with a sincere desire to put behind him his previous illegal conduct,” Mure wrote. “… Mr Marra now wishes to hand himself over to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, serve his sentence and return home to resume the path of rehabilitation that he has already started.”
Marra has already paid “heavy costs” for his actions, Mure said.
The defendant lost his union job along with his social benefits, the lawyer said.
Marra is a “doting father, grandfather, and husband,” said Mure.
A harsh sentence would negatively affect his family and prove “far more harmful than justified,” the lawyer wrote.
The Brooklyn Attorney’s Office recommended a penalty within the scope of the policy, but did not comment on the specific length.
Marra must present himself to the authorities on January 7th to serve his sentence.