Gangland Murder: Bonanno Crime Family Hitman Sentenced to Life Imprisonment


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

Mob associate Joseph Young was sentenced on Tuesday to a mandatory term of life imprisonment for his conviction for the murder of Robert McKelvey four years ago in New York City’s Staten Island, according to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police from the US Department of Justice.

The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Allyne R. Ross, United States District Court Judge, in Brooklyn, New York. As established during a two-week trial in late 2008, Young was an associate of the Bonanno Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra, and was assigned to a Staten Island-based crew led by Bonanno soldier, Gino Galestro.

Galestro ordered the murder of another associate in the crew, Robert McKelvey, in order to punish McKelvey for openly boasting of the crew’s criminal activities. Young agreed to murder McKelvey in exchange for $10,000.

On March 29, 2005, another associate of the crew lured McKelvey to a meeting at the historic Kreischer mansion in Staten Island, where Young lived and worked as the mansion’s caretaker. When McKelvey entered the foyer of the mansion, Young stabbed him. McKelvey escaped through the front door, but was tackled by Young, who dragged McKelvey to a garden pool in front of the mansion and drowned him. Following the murder,

Young and three associates of the crew dismembered McKelvey’s body with hacksaws, burned the remains in the mansion’s furnace, and discarded the ashes and bone fragments in the mansion’s septic tank system. During searches of the septic tank and wooded area around the mansion, the FBI and personnel from the Medical Examiner’s Office of the City of New York found bone fragments and personal effects of McKelvey, and McKelvey’s blood was recovered from the stairs leading to the mansion’s basement.

Galestro previously pled guilty to racketeering charges that included the McKelvey murder.

In addition to the McKelvey murder, Young was sentenced for his convictions of the following additional crimes of violence or racketeering predicates:

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the summer 2005 attempted arson of a vehicle whose owner had crossed Galestro;
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the September 2005 gunpoint robbery of the Pine Tree Holistic Center, an illegal massage parlor in Springfield, New Jersey, where Young’s girlfriend worked;
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the October 20, 2005 gunpoint extortion of an individual who owed tribute money to the crew;
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the January 27, 2006 arson of a home in Staten Island while the residents were asleep inside, one of whom suffered a near-fatal heart attack attempting to fight the fire;
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the autumn 2005 conspiracy to rob a pizza parlor in Coram, New York, at gunpoint;
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the May 12, 2005 assault in aid of racketeering of a mechanic who was a business rival of other mechanics connected to the crew—Young and another member of the crew assaulted the mechanic at his place of business with a police-issue baton and crowbar, breaking the victim’s knee cap and causing other serious injuries;
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the July 1, 2005 gunpoint carjacking of a BMW at the Menlo Mall in Woodbridge, New Jersey; and
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the summer 2005 illegal purchases of two firearms, the obliteration of the guns’ serial numbers, and the illegal transportation of the guns from Pennsylvania to New York.

“Young’s gruesome criminal conduct reminds us that organized crime is alive and well. We will continue to prosecute the members and associates of organized crime who engage in such wanton acts of violence in our communities,” stated United States Attorney Benton Campbell. Mr. Campbell commended the agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who investigated the case.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the former blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors at Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. If you wish to receive Kouri’s emailed law enforcement and intelligence reports, write to him at COPmagazine@aol.com. Simply write “Free Subscription” on the subject line.

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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