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Fugitive Mafia Gunman Killed in Sicily Ambush

October 01, 1987|From Reuters

PALERMO, Sicily — One of the Mafia's most wanted gunmen, Mario Giovanni Prestifilippo, was shot to death in an ambush near Palermo, police said Wednesday.

They said that Prestifilippo, 29, was hit by at least 10 blasts from sawed-off shotguns as he rode a motorcyle in Bagheria, east of Palermo, on Tuesday night.

Police said the killers, traveling in two cars, forced him up against a wall and finished him off with shots at close range under the edge of his crash helmet.

Prestifilippo, a member of an infamous Mafia crime "family," had been on the run from police since 1982.

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