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Mac Seafraidh
Friday, April 16th, 2004, 01:39 AM
Brother of John Gotti sentenced to prison

By Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press Writer | April 15, 2004

NEW YORK -- The brother and successor of the late mob don John Gotti was sentenced Thursday to 9 1/2 years in prison for charges related to his crime family's domination of the Brooklyn waterfront.

Former trash collector Peter Gotti, 64, was his brother's heir as head of the Gambino crime family, receiving monthly cash tributes from violent toughs who seized control of the waterfront through threats and intimidation, prosecutors said.

At the sentencing, defense attorney Gerald Shargel portrayed Gotti as a paper godfather, enfeebled by eye disease, mocked by his family and persecuted by federal authorities.

U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block handed down a sentence more lenient than the maximum 11 1/4 years under federal sentencing guidelines, but stricter than the nine-year minimum.

Gotti, convicted for money laundering, conspiracy and racketeering, listened impassively. He took control of the Gambino crime family after John Gotti's son was jailed; the mob boss died of cancer in prison in 2002.

Addressing the judge, Shargel called Gotti a figurehead so poorly respected that brother Gene Gotti once declared: "He should have (kept) picking up garbage cans."

Shargel also spoke about Peter Gotti's tumultuous family life. His longtime girlfriend was found dead, an apparent suicide, in a Long Island motel two weeks ago after her confession of their affair created a flurry of tabloid headlines. His estranged wife had written to Block asking he impose the harshest possible sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Genser said Gotti lived off criminal activity that claimed "many victims."

"Peter Gotti has really devoted himself to a life of perpetuating, furthering and profiting from the activities of the Gambino organized crime family, and he ought to be punished significantly for that," Genser said.

Gotti should be paroled after 6 1/2 years. He faces a separate racketeering trial in federal court in Manhattan, where prosecutors have charged he conspired to murder mob turncoat Sammy "The Bull" Gravano -- whose testimony helped jail John Gotti.

I personally did not like John Gotti. I just thought this might bring up some intrest.

AngryPotato
Sunday, April 18th, 2004, 07:22 AM
Gotti with Armand Assante is a good flick. I'm not very fascinated with organized crime at all. I see/know some people involved and they really are unorganized animals. No honor nor respect that people might try to associate because of movies. Big money, but what does 2 years of deep pockets compare to 30 years behind bars. I'd rather be the minion of zog kicking in their doors with a mp5 at chest level. ;)

Mac Seafraidh
Sunday, April 18th, 2004, 07:29 AM
I complete forgot what mob family gave money to the Fascist Party. It was either Carlo Gambino himself.(which Castellano and Gotti completely dishonored) It could have been the Genovese family.