CHICAGO (STMW) — An alleged member of the Outfit’s Cicero Street Crew, who was already accused once this year of threatening a government witness, made a second threat by email against a former business partner from jail, the feds claim.
But an attorney for Paul Carparelli denied the email contained a threat. Ed Wanderling said the intended recipient of the email is Carparelli’s “best friend,” who never even opened it.READ MORE: Two Cars Crash Into Restaurant In Albany Park
“He laughed about it when I told him,” Wanderling said.
Carparelli is described in court documents as a member of the Cicero Street Crew. He allegedly sent the email after admitting in May he conspired to travel across the country to collect on debts ranging from $90,000 to $200,000 by using violence.
The feds say Carparelli was in the process of closing a deli he ran with the business partner and had been trying to settle the finances. When his business partner stopped returning Carparelli’s phone calls and emails, Carparelli called him a “fink” in an Aug. 1 email, according to court filings.READ MORE: Walk-Ins Begin Friday At Chicago-Operated COVID-19 Vaccine Sites
“You must be hanging around with george and johnny [sic],” Carparelli allegedly wrote in an apparent reference to government witnesses George Brown and John Rovito.
Then Carparelli unloaded in an Aug. 11 email riddled with typos, records show.
“DOESNT MATTER IF I GET 6 MONTHS OR 6 YEARS WHEN IM DONE WERE GONNA HAVE A TALK,” Carparelli wrote. “SO PUT YOUR BIG BOY PANTS ON AND GET READY CAUSE YOUR NOY [sic] GONNA LIKE WHAT YOUR GONNA HEAR!!!!!! IN THE BIG PITCHER [sic] THE 1500 MEANS NOTHING. ITS THE POINT THAT MATTERS!!!!!! I’M NOT GONNA CALL OR EMAIL YOU ANYMORE ….. SEE YOU WHEN I GET OUT!!!!!! PARTNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather McShain revealed the allegation in a filing that asks U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman to sentence Carparelli to 135 months in prison. Wanderling said Carparelli is “lifelong friends and business partners” with the email’s intended recipient, who may attend Carparelli’s Dec. 21 sentencing hearing.MORE NEWS: Bar22 In South Loop Catches Fire Overnight
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