The feds brought out their big gun against reputed Mafia hit man Charles Carneglia Tuesday – a 5-foot-2 Irish hoodlum “adopted” by the wiseguy’s family and privy to its darkest secrets.
Kevin McMahon, 42, looked puny in an oversized T-shirt, but his tale of jury tampering, gangland murders, body disposal and torture may have buried the late John Gotti’s enforcer.
McMahon, a homeless street urchin when, he said, he was taken in by the much-feared Carneglia brothers at age 12 or 13, admitted his appearance on the stand broke a cardinal mob rule.
“Don’t rat – that’s always a good one,” McMahon said. “What I’m doing today.”
McMahon, whose parents were junkies – his mother murdered his father – was derided as “The Midget” by other gangsters.
John Carneglia, however, treated him like an “adopted son” and Charles was like a crazed uncle who guzzled bottles of Cutty Sark waiting for calls to commit murder or dissolve corpses in acid at his junkyard.
It was a “bad day” when John Carneglia was sentenced to 50 years for heroin trafficking, McMahon said.
He had taken in McMahon after finding him sleeping in the gangster’s poolhouse. He also protected him from retribution after Gotti’s son Frankie was killed in a traffic accident while riding McMahon’s minibike.
“I don’t think Gotti liked me,” McMahon said.
But after McMahon tampered with a jury and got Gotti acquitted in 1986, the newly dubbed Teflon Don reappraised McMahon. “He said I brought him luck,” McMahon recalled.
John Carneglia had warned his young charge to stay away from Charles because “he was wild” – and McMahon said he mostly “baby-sat” Charles at wakes and funerals to prevent a drunken rant.
After the elder Carneglia went to prison, McMahon became Charles’ property. “It was like losing a father,” McMahon said.
Under Charles’ tutelage, McMahon testified, he participated in the 1990 killings of Gambino soldier Louis DiBono at the World Trade Center and armored car guard Jose Delgado-Rivera during a heist at Kennedy Airport.
For the DiBono murder, McMahon said, he was rewarded with a $10,000 diamond bracelet.
McMahon – who was convicted of racketeering in Florida two years ago but has not yet been sentenced – fidgeted with his hands as he described both murders in detail.
With the jury out of the room, Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein warned the defendant to stop “grunting” to get McMahon’s attention.
McMahon appeared to relax as he recalled celebrating Father’s Day 1989 in the Hamptons with a goodbye party for John Carneglia.
“I watched that video all the time because it was the last good times of all of us together,” he said.
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