The first attack on Sally Daz came more than a year before his murder — a man he’d never met stepped up to him in his Bronx driveway, asked him for a job, then punched him in the neck.
The 71-year-old mobster, whose real name was Sylvester Zottola, operated in the criminal underworld — he built a $45 million Bronx real estate empire off his decades of work running illegal gambling machines for the Mafia.
But he had no idea why someone would take a swing at him.
He certainly didn’t think that punch — planned and paid for by his own flesh and blood, according to federal prosecutors — was the opening salvo in a campaign of violent attacks, culminating in his killing as he waited for coffee at a McDonald’s drive-thru in 2018.
Federal prosecutors say the whole, messy plot was put into motion by his youngest son, Anthony Zottola, 44, who had designs on the real estate empire.