A man’s body wrapped in a tarp and weighed down that was pulled out of the water off of Brooklyn on Saturday has been identified as that of a mobster’s son.
Carmine Carini, 35, was discovered with his skull crushed and his body covered in stab wounds in the waters off Avenue U and East 58th Street in South Brooklyn.
Detectives with the 63rd Police Precinct had to rely on fingerprints to positively identify the victim.
Low-level mafia assoxciate Carmine Carini (pictured left in a mugshot), 35, was discovered with his skull crushed and his body wrapped in a tarp off of Brooklyn Saturday
Carini’s body was found floating near a dock, wrapped tightly in a blue tarp secured with duct taped, and chained to a cinderblock.
According to unnamed police sources, the 35-year-old, who was considered a low-level associate of the Colombo crime family, according to amNY, died from blunt force trauma to the head.
He also sustained multiple stab wounds to his arm and leg, reported NY Daily News.
Carini, who lived in the Mill Basin section of Brooklyn and worked as a florist, was the son of Carmine Carini, 58, who was convicted in 1985 of assassinating Verdi Kaja, a Brooklyn record store owner and throwing his body out of a car in 1983.
In 2007, after serving 23 years for the mob hit, a judge vacated the elder Carini’s murder conviction, owing to the fact that three years prior, a pair of federal cooperating witnesses had come forward claiming that Vincent Carini, Carmine’s cousin, had confessed to Kaja’s execution.
The 35-year-old, who was considered a low-level associate of the Colombo crime family, died from blunt force trauma to the head
Carini was allowed to walk free after pleading guilty to a count of manslaughter and receiving a new sentence of seven to 21 years, which he had already served, as the New York Times reported at the time.
Less than a year after he walked out of prison a free man, Carini was arrested again for committing two home invasions, during one of which he pistol-whipped a victim.
The elder Carini was convicted for those crimes and was released in early July.
His son and namesake Carmine had racked up four arrests on charges including robbery, menacing and illegal possession of prescription painkillers.
In a 2003 case, the younger Carini was arrested for stealing cash from five people as part of a crime spree. The victims later told police Carini and another man threatened them with machetes and baseball bats.
Carini leaves behind his young son (left) and daughter (right). His father, also named Carmine, had served 23 years on a murder conviction
Carini pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison.
He was released on parole in 2009, but was re-arrested twice, in 2011 and 2014, for violating the conditions of his parole.
Carini finally regained his freedom in October 2015 and settled in Brooklyn, where he opened the Fountain Blue Flower Shop on East 59th Street.
Since his death last week, Carmine Carini’s mother has posted several messages on Facebook asking people to respect her family’s privacy.
Social media posts suggest the younger Carini is survived by his two young children, a son and daughter, as well as a brother.