But unlike the mag’s tiered invites to A-listers and wannabes, legal considerations drove the timing at the Oheka Castle, where politically connected owner Peter Melius was shot in the face during a still-unsolved ambush last year. The elder Agnello had to get a judge’s approval to travel from Cleveland, where he’s awaiting trial on racketeering charges in an alleged scheme to weigh down junked cars with sand and dirt before selling them for scrap metal.
In a scene straight out of “The Godfather,” well-wishers arriving at John Agnello’s wedding last weekend deposited their envelopes in an “elegant birdcage” by the door, sources said.
On June 6, 1997, Agnello was arrested on assault charges for beating a former employee with a telephone. On January 20, 2000, Agnello was charged with racketeering and arson.
Undercover New York Police Department (NYPD) officers had set up a phony scrap metal business in Willets Point, Queens.
In 1984, Agnello married Victoria despite her parents' disapproval.
The couple had three sons, Carmine Agnello, John Agnello, and Frank Agnello, and a stillborn daughter, Justine.