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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gotti's former pal testifies that he saw Jr. stab a man - and that his dad paid to make case go away

John A. (Junior) Gotti fatally stabbed a man during a wild 1983 barroom brawl - and his mob boss father paid a cop $10,000 to make the case disappear, a drug-dealing ex-pal testified Tuesday.

Kevin Bonner, 45, recalled a gory night inside the Silver Fox in Ozone Park when he said Gotti plunged a knife into Daniel Silva and left him to die. "I looked over at John, John Gotti, and saw him stab this kid," Bonner testified at Junior's federal racketeering trial.

"I can see the kid get stabbed." As members of Gotti's crew tried to hustle the mobster out of the bar, Bonner spotted a dying Silva propped up on a bar stool, he claimed.

"He looked like he was in bad shape," Bonner testified.

"Blood all over his shirt." Bonner took the stand in Gotti's federal racketeering case, the fourth brought against the second-generation mobster in the last five years.

The three previous cases ended in mistrials. Gotti and his crew met up in a Queens apartment after the shooting, where Junior "showed no emotion at all," Bonner testified.

The Gambino family scion bolted for his cousin's home on Long Island, keeping a low profile until his father - infamous "Teflon Don" John Gotti - fixed the case, Bonner said.

"He paid a detective $10,000. He gave him money to kind of, I guess, make it go away," Bonner testified.

Bonner said none of the witnesses were ever approached by police, and Junior soon resurfaced. Bonner is a career criminal who joined a Queens street gang before he was a teen. He grew up idolizing local Mafiosi and was thrilled to meet Junior in 1981. He was soon hanging out regularly with Gotti's crew, and dealing cocaine with Junior as a business partner, he testified. Bonner is currently doing a 25-year jail term in Florida for a series of armed robberies, most committed while he was high on heroin.


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