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.
March 13, 1987 |
John Gotti, the "dapper don" accused of heading the nation's most powerful Mafia family, was acquitted today along with six lieutenants of a series of racketeering and conspiracy charges. The verdict, a stunning blow to the government, makes Gotti the only reputed leader of the city's five Mafia families to escape federal prosecutors' yearlong attack on organized crime.
September 26, 1986 |
It was after 11 p.m. at Snoopy's Bar in Staten Island when three men burst in, declared that they were police officers and tried to drag big Jimmy McBratney through the door. McBratney, a powerful man weighing more than 200 pounds, didn't buy it. He fought back and was shot to death in the scuffle. That was in May, 1973. On Thursday, a federal prosecutor identified one of the three phony cops as John Gotti, then an aspiring young hoodlum hoping to gain favor with his elders.
December 18, 1985 |
Reputed Mafia boss Paul Castellano, shot to death outside a Manhattan steak house Monday, probably was killed because a series of racketeering trials had undercut his ability to lead the nation's largest organized crime group, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.