Salvatore DeSanto, played by
Phil Campanella, is an Italian inmate on the HBOdrama Oz.
He is a short, muscular inmate who pretty much acts as a background prisoner until he is falsely accused of drugging inmate
Augustus Hill. After the accusation, Augustus' stepfather and Homeboy leader Burr Reddingarranges for his food to be mixed with a fatal amount of LSDand as a result DeSanto dies of brain failure instantly.
DeSanto first appears in the office of unit manager
Tim McManuswho tells the Italians that Peter Schibettais being released from the psych ward. Chucky Pancamothe Italian's leader is then brought into an FBI Interrogation. The result of the interrogation is that the Aryan Brotherhood led by Vernon Schillingerattack the Italians over the death of Vern's son Hank. Pancamo is hospitalized and Schibetta is raped for a second time. Frank Urbanothen arrives and has the Italians hospitalize James Robsonand the other Aryans for an attempted rape on a friend of inmate Tobias Beecherwho has requested the Italian's protection. In the middle of all this, the Italian's allies, the Latinos led by Enrique Moralesbecome partners with the Homeboys led by Burr Redding. The Homeboys are Black Gangsters who are the Italian's biggest threat in the drug trade so things get worse once their allies the Latinos are working with them. Later Homeboy Arnold "Poet" Jacksonfalsely accuses DeSanto of drugging Black inmate Augustus Hill. Hill is Redding's stepson and once Redding gets verification from a credible witness, he seeks revenge on DeSanto. At dinner that night, Urbano who is currently in charge states that the Italians should get back into the drug trade by killing Redding. DeSanto points out that Redding doesn't know how to die as they have made numerous attempts on him. As he is pointing this out, his head starts to spin. His food has been mixed with a fatal amount of LSD by the Black inmates in the cafeteria on orders of Redding and he dies of brain failure immediately. The Homeboys competently clean the kitchen so that there is no physical evidence of lacing his food with LSD. Augustus Hillin the hospital does however state that DeSanto is innocent and this causes Poet to falsely accuse the Latinos of drugging Hill. As a result the Latino/Homeboy alliance comes to a close, and they agree to work with the Italians again shortly afterwards.
* [http://www.hbo.com/oz/groups/italians.shtml Official biography at Oz website]
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