“[He’s] someone who I have to help get his life back,” Gravano says to cameras. By the end of the season, O’Toole was dead. In the season 2 premiere, we learn authorities believe O’Toole died by suicide on July 14, 2019.
Circuit has explained, “a district court need hold an evidentiary hearing on a plea withdrawal only where the defendant offers `substantial evidence that impugns the validity of the plea.'” United States v. West, 392 F.3d 450, 457 n. 4 (D.C. Cir. 2004) (quoting United States v. Redig, 27 F.3d 277, 280 (7th Cir. 1994)). According to Mr. O’Toole, “uring the next several weeks, separately and in groups, [Petitioner’s defense team] had many extended sessions with during which we reviewed the evidence and the law.” Id. ¶ 12.
The Glenanne gang was a loose alliance of loyalist extremists allegedly operating under the command of British Military Intelligence and/or RUC Special Branch. It comprised elements of the British security forces who, together with the UVF, carried out sectarian killings in the Mid-Ulster/County Armagh area. Their name comes from a farm in Glenanne, County Armagh, which was owned by RUC reservist James Mitchell; according to ex-RUC Special Patrol Group officer John Weir, it was used as a UVF arms dump and bomb-making site. Weir alleged the bomb used in the Miami Showband attack came from Mitchell’s farm. Weir’s affidavit implicating Robin Jackson in a number of attacks including the 1974 Dublin bombings was published in the 2003 Barron Report; the findings of an official investigation into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings commissioned by Irish Supreme Court Judge Henry Barron.
With the help of her legal connections, Gravano is hopeful she can get Williams out of prison under theFirst Step Act. Williams seeks to file a motion to shorten his sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. As Gravano explains in the episode, Williams has been in prison for 20 years on crack cocaine charges.
I pray God blesses you all with love and guidance and that peace soon finds your heart again. Judging by the sneak peak of Families of the Mafia season two, it appears that Billy’s death will be a focal point for the O’Toole family this season. Always fun to be around and made everyone he met feel like they were family. He was a union carpenter by trade 35/4 simplified but the last days of his life were spent in front of a camera – As a cast member of the Families of the Mafia. During production of Families of the Mafia season one, Billy O’Toole of the O’Toole family was found deceased in his home in Staten Island. Billy O’Toole’s cause of death remains unknown as Families of the Mafia returns for Season 2.