February 7, 1990 |
His lawyers argue that all those detectives and FBI agents who follow John Joseph Gotti when he emerges from his modest split-level home in Queens are hounding a roving salesman for a plumbing contracting company. Prosecutors claim Gotti is far more: head of the nation's biggest organized crime family.
December 15, 2001 |
A federal jury in Miami convicted two members of the Gambino crime family in the slaying of a stripper they wrongly thought was an FBI informant. Ariel Hernandez was accused of strangling Jeanette Smith in a hotel room two years ago, and Frederick J. "Fat Freddie" Massaro, a restaurant owner who oversaw the Gambinos' South Florida operations, allegedly ordered her killing. They were convicted of murder, conspiracy, fraud and other charges.
December 18, 1986
The wife of a reputed mobster and three members of his Irish gang were indicted in the killing of a loan shark in New York City. Manhattan Dist. Atty. Robert Morgenthau, in arguing the case against Julia Coonan and the three male defendants, said the gang has supplied "hired guns" to the Gambino crime family and has been responsible for 28 murders. Coonan, 44, is the wife of James Coonan, who is awaiting trial in another killing.
May 26, 1989 |
Police officers Thursday arrested 63 men and five women on Long Island and in Manhattan, smashing a $300-million-a-year sports gambling ring allegedly run by the Gambino crime family, Nassau County officials said. In coordinated predawn raids, 150 detectives arrested the 68 suspects on warrants and seized $100,000 in cash. Extensive betting records involving all major professional sports also were seized. The average bet placed through the ring amounted to $3,000, officials said, and Nassau County Dist.
February 9, 1988 |
Joseph Gallo, the elder statesman of the nation's largest crime family, today was fined $380,000 and sentenced to prison for 10 years--a term the judge called "essentially a life sentence." Gallo, 76, the Gambino crime family consigliere, sat with eyes half-closed and lips pursed in federal court as the sentence for racketeering was announced. U.S. District Judge Jack B.