Reality TV just got a whole lot realer. Ex-husband of “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano squealed to cops about the role of two former associates in a murder investigation, which ultimately led to their arraignments.
Hector (Junior) Pagan said that Richard Riccardi and Luigi Grasso are responsible for the July 2, 2010 Brooklyn robbery of an auto body shop in Gravesend that caused the death of Luchese associate James Donovan.
Pagan also wore a hidden wire which set off a string of mobster arrests, including acting Bonanno boss Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti and Pagan’s ex-father-in-law Anthony (TG) Graziano.
Pagan shot Donovan in the leg, something which he initially pinned on Riccardi. That was proven to be untrue when surveillance footage of the crime surfaced showing Riccardi never left the car.
The bullet landed in Donovan’s femoral artery and he bled to death.
Now, Riccardi is accused of supplying the guns while Grasso accompanied Pagan, according to the New York Daily News. All three stand accused of heisting tens of thousands of dollars from the shop.
Lawyers for the two men implicated by Pagan deny their clients are guilty. Instead, they blame Pagan.
“Hector Pagan is truly the guilty party,” Riccardi’s lawyer Joseph Benfante said, “and has been caught lying to the Brookyn district attorney’s office as well as the U.S. Attorneys.”
Riccardi and Grasso will face life in prison if they are convicted. It is unclear what punishment Pagan will receive.