CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2008 |
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday gave a temporary reprieve to Rosario Gambino, a convicted heroin trafficker with alleged ties to the Gambino crime family who had been ordered deported to Italy. A Los Angeles immigration attorney filed a petition with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after Immigration and Customs Enforcement tried to deport Gambino on Tuesday night. Gambino was returned to a detention facility in New Jersey because of health concerns, his attorney said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2007 |
He served 22 years behind bars on a conviction for heroin trafficking. The U.S. wanted to deport him -- and Italy wanted him back. But there was a problem: His name was Rosario Gambino, with alleged ties to the infamous Gambino 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.
April 3, 1992 |
John Gotti, the nation's best known organized crime boss, was convicted Thursday of all 13 counts at his murder and racketeering trial, ending his career as leader of America's most powerful Mafia family. "I'll be OK," Gotti told friends and associates in the courtroom after the jury's forewoman pronounced him guilty over and over again. Her words meant Gotti, 51, faces a life sentence in federal prison.
March 28, 1992 |
The government on Friday wrapped up its case against John Gotti, telling jurors that "murder is the heart and soul" of the Gambino organized-crime family. "Murder played a central role in this enterprise," Assistant U.S. Atty. John Gleeson said. He added that Gotti, as head of the crime family, "did not go out and shoot people in the face, he had other people do it for him."