- "You don't want me for an enemy, man."
- ―Lance to Pete Castiglione
Lance was a construction worker living in New York City and a low level criminal on the side, who would often mock his co-worker Pete Castiglione. When Lance and his friend's had attempted to steal from Tony Gnucci's poker game, his new recruit Donny Chavez had accidentally revealed his identity, putting Lance and his friends in great danger of being found and murdered by the Gnucci Crime Family. While Lance had attempted to murder Chavez to protect himself, Castiglione intervened and brutally murdered Lance and his allies.
Construction and Robbery
Bullying Pete Castiglione
- "I don't know what your deal is, man. I'm guessing, the elevator don't go up to the penthouse type thing. But this shit you do, that's hurting us. Because of you, we're getting less overtime."
- ―Lance to Pete Castiglione
Lance worked in New York City as a construction worker, and whenever money got tight, he would turn to crime to earn extra cash, often finding himself being threatened by a loan shark which would bring him back to bring. On one of his job sites, Lance met Pete Castiglione, who he took an instant disliking to due to Castiglione's poor people skills and his habit of taking their overtime by working through the night. Arriving at work, Lance met Donny Chavez, the new guy working on the site, as Lance refused to shake his hand and invited him to see what he could do.
Lance and his friends showed Chavez where he would be working, going past Castiglione who Paulie told him not to worry about, calling him the Gimp as they watched Castiglione furiously beating at a wall with his hammer. When it finally came to lunchtime, Lance saw that Castiglione was still furiously smashing at the same piece of wall with the sledgehammer, still refusing to use any machinery to get through it. Laughing at him, Lance informed Castiglione that it was lunchtime before throwing a piece of concrete at Castiglione's head which he ignored, before leaving him to continue beating at the wall.
Seeing that Castiglione was working from early in the morning until late, Lance realized he was putting their jobs on the line by taking the work away from them, noting that Castiglione was not even getting paid to do the extra hours. Lance noted that he believed Castiglione had some mental issues, which made Leo and Scut laugh as Chavez stood awkwardly at the side, not wanting to get involved with any of the bullying of his co-worker. While Castiglione ignored him, Lance's friends recommended that Lance kick Castiglione's ass to teach him to stop taking their overtime by working so many extra hours.
In order to finally get a reaction out of him, Lance then kicked over Castiglione's lunch box over into the dirt, which finally caused him to stop beating at the wall and squaring up to Lance. With Castiglione tightening his grip on his sledgehammer while aggressively looking him in the eye, Lance removed his protective glasses and stood right up to him, warning Castiglione that he did not want Lance to be his enemy. Having made his point, Lance then walked away and made a point to step on Castiglione's sandwich as he went, causing Lance's friends to laugh at his misfortune as they followed Lance.
Believing that they had put Castiglione in his place, Lance and his friends then left the building site to get some lunch together, Lance listened while Leo and Scut then made a bet of a hundred dollars together. Before they left, Lance saw that they were being followed by Chavez who asked where they were going and if he could come with them as he sought to befriend the group; however, Paulie told Chavez that there was no room as they all got into Lance's Porsche and drove away, covering Chavez in dust while they drove into New York City, leaving Chavez to eat his lunch with Castiglione.
Debt to the Gnucci's
- "I need to pull another job. I got this Gnucci loan shark. This guy's up my ass. Prick is threatening to break my legs, take my car, the whole thing."
"Man, what were you thinking? What were you thinking, taking money off those guys? What'd you think was gonna happen?"
"You got something for me or not?"
- ―Lance and Paulie
At the end of another shift, Lance joined his friends as they prepared to go to Murphy's for a drink, walking past Pete Castiglione who was still furiously beating down the walls with his sledgehammer. As they walked, they had teased Scut over whether or not Rhonda would be working and if Scut would build up the courage to talk to her. They were stopped by Donny Chavez who asked if he could join them, promising he would buy the first round of drinks, which they accepted, leaving Castiglione behind.
While at Murphy's, Lance and his friends took advantage of Chavez's enthusiasm at being able to join them for drinks after work, allowing Chavez to buy them all multiple beers and shots while Chavez got considerably drunk, as Rhonda warned the group that if Chavez threw up, then she would make them clean it all up. Once they were alone, Lance had told Paulie he was in serious debt with the Gnucci Crime Family, noting that his loan shark was threatening to break his legs and take everything that he had, including his beloved car, if he failed to repay the money soon, which Paulie scoffed at.
Paulie confronted Lance over his foolish decision to get involved with the Gnucci crime family, questioning what Lance had thought would happen if he got involved, before Lance got serious and asked if he could hook him up with a job or not, to which Paulie had told him his cousin would help them with a heist. As Rhonda handed Lance the cheque for their drinks, Lance gave it to Chavez, encouraging him to pay for all of their drinks they drank in the night, which the drunken Chavez did, despite this be a considerably more expensive night that he needed to have, which the group all celebrated together.
Recruiting Donny Chavez
- "What's the catch? Why isn't someone hitting this every week?"
"It's protected by the Gnuccis."
"Are you crazy? You want to hit an outfit game? I don't know, Paulie. Paulie, this is..."
"Hey. Don't be a pussy. And besides, I thought you'd like the idea of paying back the Gnuccis' shylock with his own cash."
- ―Lance and Paulie
The next day, Lance spoke with Paulie and was told his cousin knew of a high stakes poker game going down which they could rob and take fifty thousand dollars, noting that only one guard outside had a gun who they could easily take out. Paulie explained the plan to Lance, he asked what the catch was, so Paulie revealed the game was being protected by the Gnucci Crime Family, much to Lance's horror, although Paulie had also noted that Lance could then pay back the Gnucci's with their own money.
As they were talking, Paulie noticed that Pete Castiglione was sitting nearby and had overheard everything about the heist that Lance and his buddies were about to pull off, as Paulie kicked the wall behind Castiglione while asking what he had heard about their planned heist, fearing that Castiglione would soon go to the New York City Police Department or the Gnucci's themselves and ruined their plans. Lance then stepped up to Castiglione while he threatened him, noting how Castiglione was always pissing him off by putting his noise wherever it did not belong and warning that he would get himself hurt.
Castiglione did not say a word, picking up his hammer as Paulie had blocked his way. As Castiglione turned around, Lance questioned if he had wanted to attack him with his sledgehammer, threatening that if he dared then Lance would be willing to fight him. All their threats were interrupted when an accident caused Scut's arm to be crushed under some machinery, as Lance and Paulie ran to Scut's aid. Seeing this, Donny Chavez called to Castiglione to ask what medical skills he had from the United States Marine Corps, but Castiglione simply ignored him and walked away, leaving Scut screaming in agony.
While Scut was taken to the hospital to have his broken arm treated, Lance spoke to Paulie and suggested that they cancel their robbery as they were one man down, although Paulie noted that they could not let his cousin think they had backed out. Going back up to the construction site, Lance and Paulie then went to Chavez to see if he was up for the heist while Scut recovered, noting that he would have the chance to make some real money if he tagged along with them, as Chavez blindly accepted the invitation, despite being nervous about not knowing much about it before going in.
- "All right, listen up, fellas. This is gonna go nice and easy. We know none of you is packing. So no heroics, huh?"
"You boys should leave while you can."
- ―Lance and Tony Gnucci
Once they arrived at Linello's, Lance and his friends pulled up just outside before Lance handed the clearly nervous Donny Chavez his gun for the heist, holding it back and looking Chavez in the eye to ensure that he was ready for the job, as Chavez took a breath and took the gun from Lance. As they all loaded their guns, Paulie chuckled to himself while Lance told Leo to keep the car running ready for when they got back with the stolen money, as the group ran into Linello's together.
Once inside, Lance had immediately struck Moose over the head and threw him into the next room, where Tony Gnucci and all his cronies were having their private poker session. Lance along with Paulie and Chavez then held the Gnucci's at gunpoint, ordering them all to not move or get a beating like Moose. While Lance held Gnucci himself and put his gun to the back of his head, Paulie threw Chavez the bag to collect the money, finding that the nervous Chavez struggled in the situation as he dropped the bag while Lance told the hostages to not move to ensure nobody would get hurt during their robbery.
While Gnucci continued threatening the group and warning that they had killed themselves by coming there, Chavez nervously grabbed all of the money from the table, Lance and Paulie had demanded him to hurry up, as Chavez became more nervous looking at the members of the Gnucci Crime Family looking at him. While Lance had ordered him to hurry, Chavez panicked and his wallet had then dropped out of his pocket, giving his identity away to Gnucci and his crew. With the robbery having gone disastrously wrong, the three men ran out of the building and into the getaway car with all of the stolen cash.
- "Just let me go, man. Take the money, man. You don't have to kill me over this. It was him or us! Oh, God!"
"Where did it go down? Talk!"
"Okay! Okay! It's in the basement of a restaurant. Linello's in Little Italy. Okay. I told you, no, no. What are you gonna do?"
"I'm gonna find a home for this."
- ―Lance and Pete Castiglione
Arriving back onto the construction site, Lance and his pals gained upon Donny Chavez, beating him up out of frustration for what had happened, as Chavez had insisted that he would never give them up to the Gnucci Crime Family, although Lance noted that considering what the Gnucci's would do to him, he would be crazy not to give them up. Paulie proposed they just kill Chavez with their gun, but Lance denied it as he had then ordered Leo to start up the mixer instead, in which Leo had gladly obliged.
Chavez was able to throw Paulie off of him, he ran into the unfinished building, picked up a rod, and readied himself for a fight. As the three men made their way up the stairs, Chavez had begged for Lance to let him go as he promised that he would run and Tony Gnucci would never be able to find him, however Lance denied his request as he knew that this would still put him and his friend's lives in danger. As Lance told Paulie not to use any bullets to murder him, their group then attacked Chavez again as Paulie and Leo overpowered Chavez, then threw him in the vat full of liquefied cement to drown him.
While Chavez desperately begged to be pulled up, the three stood by and watched, as Lance told him that he had brought this on himself while Chavez still continued screaming out in terror as the liquefied cement continued to rise. As they all continued watching Chavez's suffering, out of nowhere, Pete Castiglione had then come up behind them and ordered them to turn their mixer off, while still holding his sledgehammer. Seeing him, Leo jokingly referred to Castiglione as the gimp and was unintimidated while Lance, eager at the chance to kill his much-hated co-worker Lance pulled a gun on Castiglione.
However, much to the surprise of the three, the man they had always considered mentally incompetent showed his superior fighting skills. Lance was immediately immobilized when Castiglione thrust his sledgehammer into his kneecap and left him to writhe on the floor in agony as he quickly dealt with Leo and Paulie. While Lance crawled away despite being no threat during their fight any longer, Castiglione then furiously slammed the hammer into his back and downed him. Having killed Leo by breaking his neck, Paulie had then attempted to escape despite Lance's desperate pleas to not be abandoned.
While Lance attempted to crawl for his gun, Castiglione intercepted and brutally crushed his arm to deal with Paulie. Once Castiglione returned, Lance desperately begged for his life, offering the stolen Gnucci money, only for Castiglione to torture until Lance divulged where their hit went down. As Castiglione moved closer, hammer in hand, the last words Lance heard are his enemy mirroring the words he gave to him, to find a home for the hammer. Lance screamed out in protest as his head was bludgeoned in and his corpse was thrown in the cement mixer to be buried with Leo and Paulie.
- "Oh, you wanna do something with that hammer? Huh? You wanna do something? What do you wanna do? You wanna take me? I'm right here. I ain't going anywhere. And I will mess you up without breaking a sweat. Are we clear on that? Huh? Yeah, you better stay out of my way, or that hammer's gonna find a new home up your ass. Do you understand?"
- ―Lance to Pete Castiglione
Lance was cocky, the overconfident bully in his continual harassment of the Pete Castiglione at their workplace. Lance was shown to be a mean thug who was not above attempting to commit murder when he had attempted to have Donny Chavez drown in a cement mixer for accidentally leaking his identification to the Gnucci Crime Family, whom he, Paulie and Leo had just robbed. Lance was lastly shown to be a coward, as he begged for his life after Castiglione had killed his two friends and severely disabled him with a sledgehammer.
- Smith & Wesson Model 19: Lance and Donny Chavez carried these revolvers to threaten a group of members of the Gnucci Crime Family while robbing the money at their poker game. Lance kept threatening the gang members as Paulie held Tony Gnucci at gunpoint and Chavez bagged the money.
- Gnucci Crime Family
- Pete Castiglione - Former Co-Worker turned Killer
- Donny Chavez - Former Co-Worker turned Attempted Victim