Prisoner #95S604. Convicted December 12, 1995 - Two counts of conspiracy to committ murder. Sentence: 120 years, eligible for parole in 70.
Until his death, he is the most powerful prisoner in Oz; his influence is greater than even several of the unit managers. Anything he wants, such as a single cell in Em City, is given to him without question. Warden Glynn has respect for Schibetta's ability to efficiently run the prison kitchen. Schibetta ends up dying a slow, painful death at the hands of Ryan O'Reilly and Simon Adebisi. After he dies, his son Peter Schibetta arrives at Oz seeking revenge.
Schibetta is unlike most typical prisoners and also unlike the stereotypical mob figure: he is quiet, thoughtful, restrained and cultured. He is deeply in love with his wife and is devastated by her illness and death.
After all the deaths and a warning about drug dealing from Tim McManus and Warden Leo Glynn, the Italians and Homeboys make peace for the time being and work together. In the meantime, Ryan O'Reilly, an Irish hoodlum and cunning sociopath, is somehow linked to every death; he is playing both the Black and Italian gangsters at the same time. CO Mike Healy has an operation with O'Reilly that is competing with Schibetta. Schibetta tells O'Reilly that he will become a permanent ally of the Italians if he shuts down Healy's operation. O'Reilly does this and pretends to be loyal to Nino but conspires with Simon Adebisi to take over the drug trade. The two sneak ground glass into Nino's food over the period of a few months. Nino eventually dies from internal hemorrhaging. His son Peter comes to Oz in Season 2 for a money laundering conviction and proves to be nowhere near the man Nino was.