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Charges Dropped Against Lucali Pizzaman

Brooklyn DA tosses attempted murder and assault charges against Lucali owner Mark Iacono and old neighborhood friend Benny Geritano.

Despite the that left both men bloody and wounded, Mark Iacono and Benny Geritano are no longer facing jail time.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes's office announced on Tuesday the attempted murder charges that had been brought against both men in April would be dropped. 

Neither Iacono, 43, or Geritano, 38, would testify in front of the grand jury, leaving officals with little option but to drop the charges.

Carroll Gardens residents were mostly dismayed by the news.

"Someone stabbed someone else and you drop the charges? I think that's kinda ridiculous," said Lisa Spanazo.

Maria Sanino, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1975, said she didn't feel safe with men like that on the street.

"God forbid that fight had happened in the pizzeria," she said.

Another lifelong resident, Marie Testaverde, thought giving the men a second chance to solve their personal problems was a good idea.

"This goes back a long time," she said. "If they can straighten it out, if they can squash it, then it's ok."

"But they can't start up again," she added. "It's time to grow up. They're not little kids."

Boone, another resident who wished to only be identified by his first name, said because the fight erupted over a personal matter, the men are not necessarily a threat to the community.

"This is fundamentally different than someone who commits random acts of violence," he said. "Though people can get caught in the crossfire."

Others were worried of the affect dropping the charges would have.

"I think it sets the wrong example," said Spanazo. "It's too bad."

Boone said the knife fight also painted a negative picture of the neighborhood.

"[It] made people think it's not safe in Carroll Gardens," he said.

Tom June 22, 2011 at 06:02 PM
here you go, the mafia justice "Personal issue" is such a great argument, like you can use to stabb a good friend of yours, no jail for me that's a "personal issue" shame on those suckers, shame on those who go that overrated lucali
Michael Brown June 23, 2011 at 03:57 AM
While the sentiment of your comment is agreeable, there really is no point in that tone.
aaf201 June 23, 2011 at 07:00 AM
This is both embarrassing and humiliating for our neighborhood. I will gladly forego both (admittedly good) pizza and mediocre bagels in the future, especially considering the amount of alternatives we have in and aound Carroll Gardens. Fortunately, most, if not all of my neighbors seem to be quite able to settle their differences without stabbing. Hopefully we will leave such pathetic instances to the past.
vinny September 19, 2012 at 04:12 AM
attention all yuppies, this area was once known as "south brooklyn" It is the birth place to the mafia and was heavily italian american before your tufu loving butt came in. so step off!

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