Rocco Sollecito, Italian mafia member, Died at 67

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Rocco Sollecito was born on 1949, in Bari, Italy and died on May 27, 2016.

He was a member of the Rizzuto crime family based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

He was said to be one of the “top five figures” within the Rizzuto family and was responsible for deals within the construction industry.

Rocco was arrested in 2006 along with dozens of others including Nicola Rizzuto and his son Nicolo, and Paolo Renda as part of Project Colisée.

He had plead guilty in 2008 to “general conspiracy to commit extortion, bookmaking, illegal gaming as well as being in possession of the proceeds of crime” and was sentenced to eight years imprisonment, though he was released in the summer of 2011.

He had a son, Stefano, and Vito Rizzuto’s son, Leonard, are believed to be the heads of the Mafia in Montreal, who were both arrested and charged with drug trafficking and gangsterism in 2015.

He was shot to death in Laval, Quebec around 08:30 ET while driving a white BMW SUV.

There were reports that his death is believed to be part of dismantling the older generation of the Rizzuto family.

His death occurred just months after the death of 52-year-old Lorenzo (Skunk) Giordano, a “lieutenant” within the Rizzuto family who was shot to death in a parking lot in Laval.

Rocco Sollecito passed away at 67 yrs old.

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