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You're at my mercy. And I don't have any.
~ Richard Wheatley preparing to kill a disloyal underling.

Richard M. Wheatley, Sr, also known simply as Richard Sinatra, is the main antagonist of Law & Order: Organized Crime. He is a wealthy businessman and a powerful crime boss who becomes Detective Elliot Stabler's arch nemesis.

He was portrayed by Dylan McDermott, who also portrayed Tim Wattley in The Campaign, Johnny Morgan and Bruce in American Horror Story, and John Stark in The Cowboy Way.


Wheatley is the CEO of Contrapos, an online pharmaceutical company, which he uses as a front for his illegal narcotics empire. His latest scam involves smuggling COVID-19 vaccine and selling it to his wealthy business associates at an inflated price.

He has a son and daughter, Richard Jr. and Dana, with his ex-wife Angela, and a son, Ryan, with his current wife, Pilar. The son of mob boss Manfredi Sinatra, Wheatley has inherited his father's vast ties to organized crime in the U.S. and Europe. Nevertheless, Wheatley despises his father, a racist who disrespects his Black daughter-in-law and disavows his mixed-race grandchildren; he took Angela's last name to spite Manfredi and declare his independence from him.

Wheatley is suspected to be involved in the murder of Elliot Stabler's wife, Kathy. Stabler had investigated both him and his father, and was close to putting Manfredi in prison at the time of the murder. Wheatley believes that his father is informing on him to Stabler in return for leniency, and so orders Kathy's murder in order to silence Stabler. Meanwhile, he asks Manfredi to meet with him under the pretense of repairing their relationship, and has his right-hand man Izak Bekhar kill him. Stabler, who had arranged to meet with Manfredi at the same time and location, finds his body, and steals his cell phone so he can find out more about Wheatley's crimes.

When COVID-19 vaccines are stolen from a federal laboratory, Stabler confronts Wheatley, accusing him of being behind the robbery. Wheatley orders Bekhar to beat Stabler up, intensifying their rivalry. Meanwhile, Richard Jr. becomes involved with Gina Cappelletti, a waitress at one of Wheatley's clubs, unaware that she is actually an undercover detective working with Stabler. It was discovered that Richard Wheatley didn't order Kathy's murder, but rather that his ex-wife, Angela Wheatley, did.

When Wheatley discovers that Cappelletti is an undercover police officer, he ordered Richie to murder her. After Izak witnessed her murder, Richie had him murdered as well. Richard and the whole Wheatley family are eventually arrested. Wheatley was imprisoned for his crimes, awaiting trial. Three months later, the charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and assault were dropped but the murder charge still stands. Wheatley is imprisoned at Rikers Island until the trial.

Wheatley is tried by Assistant District Attorney Dominick "Sonny" Carisi for Kathy's murder, and is represented by former ADA Rafael Barba. When Stabler baits Wheatley by lying about sleeping with Angela, Wheatley demands to testify in his own defense, against Barba's advice. As Stabler intended, Wheatley loses his cool and threatens Carisi. Nevertheless, the jury returns deadlocked, meaning that Wheatley has escaped prison time for murdering Kathy.

Barba visits Wheatley in his cell and tells him that he is a free man and the murder charge against him has been dismissed. Wheatley is ultimately released from prison.

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