A 72-year-old man who was indicted in federal court last month on weapons charges after being pulled over in a van authorities said was seemingly outfitted for an assassination was denied a request for an emergency transfer to a medical facility this week by a federal magistrate.

Dominick Gullo has a medical history of a brain tumor, heart disease and blood disorders, according to a motion filed Monday by his attorney, Patrick Hand Jr.

Hand wrote that when Gullo’s son visited him a few days earlier at Nelson Coleman Federal Prison in St. Charles Parish, Gullo was “not able to speak or communicate with his son in a coherent manner.”

Gullo’s son, who is not named in the motion, also said his father had a “severe” skin rash and a “sunken look” to his eyes and appeared to be in declining health.

According to the ruling by U.S. Magistrate Daniel Knowles, Gullo was transported to a hospital on July 16, treated for sinusitis and sent back to prison.

Knowles said a doctor at the prison performed a neurological examination on Gullo on Tuesday, the results of which were normal. According to the doctor, bruising that Gullo was complaining about was related to the drug Coumadin, which he is taking.

Gullo was arrested by Jefferson Parish authorities for possession of stolen property May 7 after he was pulled over in Old Metairie in a van with a stolen license plate. Gullo had no documentation for the van, which he claimed he had purchased at a nearby coffee shop for $300 earlier that day.

Deputies found a loaded rifle, a silencer without a serial number and an 8-foot cannon fuse inside. The van had been retrofitted with sliding windows, which were blackened. Two dining room chairs, with the legs sawed off, were positioned near the back of the cargo area in a way that could provide a gunman a concealed vantage point.

Riding with Gullo was Joseph Gagliano, 55, a convicted felon with connections to organized crime. Gagliano served time in federal prison in the mid-1990s for racketeering and is the son of Frank Gagliano Sr., who was the reputed “underboss” of the Marcello crime family before his death in 2006.

Both men are being held without bail in the case. Gullo, who does not have a previous criminal record, is charged with possessing an unlicensed silencer. Gagliano is charged with that offense in addition to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Editor’s note: This story was changed Aug. 8 to correct the length of the cannon fuse.