Gary Vitta

Honorable Stanley R. Chesler, U.S.D.J

United States District Court

Frank R. Lautenberg U.S. Post Office & Courthouse

2 Federal Square

Newark, New Jersey 07102


Re: United States v. Gary Vitta

Crim. No. 15-01


Dear Judge Chesler,


I am writing to express my feelings on the character of Dr. Gary Vitta.  I personally known Gary for over 12 years.  I was introduced to Gary through my wife who is good friends with his daughter, Dr. Alyson Vitta Leloia. From the first day I met Gary to the present, he has been a nurturing, guiding mentor who has helped me immensely with my personal career endeavors.  My dream was to become an airline pilot for a major airline and he happened to be childhood friends with a pilot manager that he had mostly lost contact with. Gary believed in me so much that he was willing to “cold call” his old friend and see how he could help me.  That call led to a sequence of events that catapulted my career into not only becoming an airline pilot but into a management position within the airline managing over 600 other pilots.  Gary never asked for anything in return.  He always made me feel like it was my accomplishment alone and I feel that he was sincerely proud to have been a part of helping me.  He is one of the most selfless people I have ever met and I believe he truly finds joy in helping others and I mean this with all my heart.


Over the years, I have kept in touch with Gary consistently, seeing him at various life events for his children and holiday parties.  He is a warm, friendly person who has extended himself to countless others, helping them in their lives however he could both professionally and personally.  He is also a wonderful father, dedicated husband and a loyal, honest friend.  I have personally confided in Gary numerous times.  His advice to me was to always “take the high road” and do what is right.  He would say “good things come to good people”.   I cannot think of another person in my life who has been a better mentor.


The past 10 months have been extremely trying on Gary and his family.  He has suffered immensely both emotionally and physically due to anxiety attributed to this one charge brought against him.  I have never seen him so withdrawn and melancholy as I have recently.  He told me that he takes full responsibility for his mistake which is what I would expect he would have said to me anyway.


We trust him completely and know that he has only the best of intentions in the way he conducts his life.  His service and dedication to the community, his family and to his friends is second to none and I know that these wonderful attributes will shine through during this difficult time. I will always consider him my mentor and close friend no matter what the sentencing hearing produces. However, I pray that you may see things as all his family, friends and colleagues do.  I trust he will be given your consideration for leniency so he can continue to flourish within his family, friends and community.



Jonathan Newcomb


 Pilot and Flight Manager for United Airlines