Mob Wives star Drita D’Avanzo’s husband Lee D’Avanzo has been sentenced to more than five years in prison after being found guilty of keeping two loaded guns in their Staten Island home.
D’Avanzo, 51, a well-known member of the Colombo crime family, appeared at the Brooklyn Federal Court House on Friday, during the court’s first in-person hearing since the coronavirus shutdown in March.
The gangster was sentenced to 64 months in prison – much longer than the 46-month prosecutors had requested – despite Wife Drita’s pleas for leniency weeks earlier.
D’Avanzo pleaded guilty to being a criminal in possession of a weapon after authorities found two hollow point cannons in the kitchen and bedroom during a raid on the couple’s home in December.
Judge Rachel P. Kovner held on to her verdict on Friday, citing D’Avanzo’s lengthy report that includes six previous convictions, two of which were at the federal level, and violations of a supervised release.
Lee D’Avanzo, 51 (photo in December), a well-known member of the Colombo crime family, was sentenced to 64 months in Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday
Drita D’Avanzo (pictured) and her two daughters were seen at Brooklyn Federal Court House on Friday for husband Lee’s conviction
Drita wore an all-black ensemble, with a cap and sunglasses, and protected herself with a mask when she walked into the courthouse with daughters Gizelle and Aleeya
Drita (center) was also charged in the incident for which her husband was convicted, but they were dropped by prosecutors earlier this year
“Two previous sentences of about 60 months were not enough to deter the suspect of serious crimes,” she said.
Kovner also stressed that he had the two weapons loaded in the house where his two daughters live.
Previously, 44-year-old Drita was seen at court with her two daughters, Aleeya and Gizelle.
The mother of two wore an all-black ensemble that she paired with a baseball cap and sunglasses, and protected herself with a surgical mask.
Inside, all visitors had to have their temperature measured before entering the courtroom.
Prior to Friday, all court hearings were virtual via video conference.
Drita and all other visitors to the courthouse had to have their temperature measured before entering the courtroom
The mother of two (photo on Friday) had asked a judge for leniency for her husband weeks earlier. Prior to Friday, all court hearings were virtual via video conference
Drita herself had also faced allegations related to the December 2019 incident, but prosecutors agreed to drop the charges in February because she was not a target of the search warrant.
The couple were taken into custody after New York police raided their home in southwest Staten Island on December 19.
According to the original charge, agents found two loaded firearms – one in a bedroom, the other in the kitchen – opioids and drug addicts in the house on Woodvale Avenue.
NYPD investigators also said they had found “two scales, zip lock bags used to unlawfully package a narcotic drug, a sum of US currency, and multiple cell phones.”
Police allege they noticed “a large amount of marijuana” in the basement that was accessible to their 12-year-old daughter.
Drita D’Avanzo (pictured in Staten Island court in February) had asked the judge for leniency on her husband last month
Drita D’Avanzo (second from left) starred in the popular VH1 reality series that ran from 2011 to 2016
Lee was also one of 24 people arrested in a stabbing operation that was the culmination of years of investigation by the Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Unit of Monmouth County, New Jersey in January.
New Jersey prosecutors charged him with fourth-degree conspiracy to possess marijuana and fourth-degree marijuana in excess of 50 grams.
The sting, dubbed Operation On The Ropes, revealed a plan to turn candy products like Nerds Rope and Sour Patch Kids into THC-laced drugs.
Law enforcement officials have also recovered 1,100 pounds of suspected marijuana and more than 6,000 flavored THC vape cartridges, all with a street value of $ 1.9 million.