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John Gotti gets life sentence in 1992...
Item # 562478
June 24, 1992
NEW YORK POST, New York, June 24, 1992
* John Gotti gets life sentence
* Mobster Boss - Gambino crime family
This 56 page famous tabloid sized newspaper has a nice front page headline: "LIFE" with photo of John Gotti.
More on pages 4 & 5.
Nice to have from the city where in happened. Other news of the day throughout. Nice condition.
source: wikipedia: Gotti was long under intense electronic surveillance run by the FBI. His club, phones, and other places of business were all bugged. To get around this, he held meetings while walking down the street and played loud tapes of white noise. Eventually the FBI caught him on tape in an apartment above the club discussing a number of murders and other criminal activities. The FBI also caught Gotti denigrating his underboss Salvatore "Sammy The Bull" Gravano.
On December 11, 1990 FBI agents and New York City detectives raided the Ravenite Social Club and arrested Gotti, Gravano, Frank Locascio, and Thomas Gambino.
Gotti was charged with 13 counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, loansharking, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, tax evasion, and, for the first time, he was charged with the murders of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti.
The federal prosecutor's evidence was overwhelming. Not only did they have Gotti on tape, they also had several witnesses to testify against Gotti. Philip Leonetti, former underboss of the Philadelphia Crime Family was prepared to testify that Gotti bragged to Philadelphia crime leaders that he had ordered Castellano's execution. Prosecutors also persuaded Gravano to testify against his boss with the promise of being entered into the Witness Protection Program. On April 2, 1992, after only 13 hours of deliberation, the jury found Gotti guilty on all 13 charges.
During the trial, crowds gathered outside the courthouse to lend support to Gotti, and the court was filled with spectators including Peter Gotti, John "Jackie Nose" D'Amico, and celebrities like Jay Black and Mickey Rourke.
On June 23, 1992 Gotti was sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. It was assumed that Gotti would serve his sentence at the new federal "supermax" facility at Florence, Colorado, but instead he was sent to the older United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois, where he was kept in a cell 23 hours a day. His cell was underground and measured eight feet by seven feet. He was allowed out of his cell one hour per day for solitary exercise in a concrete-walled enclosure. He was allowed two showers per week and one radio and a small black and white T.V. set in his cell. Meals were delivered to his cell through a slot in the door. In other words, he was in virtual solitary confinement. (This is standard procedure for all inmates in the restricted units at this Supermax Federal Prison.) While in Marion he had been confined along with convicted spies Jonathan Pollard and Christopher Boyce. Four days after John Gotti was imprisoned at Marion, his father John Gotti Sr. died of heart failure at the age of eighty-five.
Prior to being placed in solitary, Gotti was paying fifty-thousand dollars ($50,000) a year to the Aryan Brotherhood, a notorious prison gang known as "The Brand." In July, 1996, when Gotti elected to stop paying protection money to the gang, he was retaliated against by another inmate. Gotti's attacker was a 28-year-old bank robber from the city of Philadelphia. Gotti then offered to once again pay his protection fee, asking a contract be placed on his attacker by the Brand. Gotti died of throat cancer before the contract was completed.
Gotti appointed his caporegime son, John Gotti, Jr. as the family's acting boss who was helped by a three-captain committee to run the family.
Category: The 20th Century