A reputed Lucchese crime family capo copped to murder conspiracy and other charges on Tuesday — in exchange for just 13 years behind bars.
Steven Crea Jr. faced up to life imprisonment for his role in the 2012 rub-out of an unnamed Bonanno family associate, according to court documents.
Yet prosecutors agreed to give Crea just 156 months in the slammer in exchange for his guilty plea to charges of racketeering conspiracy, murder conspiracy in aid of racketeering, and attempted assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
Crea was arrested in 2017 along with nearly two dozen alleged mobsters — including his father, Lucchese second-in-command Steven “Wonder Boy” Crea Sr. and ruling boss Mathew Madonna.
The gaggle of goodfellas was accused in the 2013 whacking of Michael Meldish, the onetime leader of the infamous Purple Gang that did jobs for the Lucchese and Genovese families. Crea Jr. was not implicated in Meldish’s death.
Meldish was found dead in his vehicle from a gunshot wound to the head.
Madonna, Crea Sr. and others are awaiting trial.
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