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Friday, January 28, 2011

Ex-mob boss 'Vinny Gorgeous' complains of frightful conditions in his jail cell

Vincent Basciano, also known as 'Vinny Gorgeous,' is complaining about his prison conditions.
Vincent Basciano, also known as 'Vinny Gorgeous,' is complaining about his prison conditions.

Former Bonanno crime boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano says conditions are frightful in the terrorist wing of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan.
Water is leaking all over the place on the high-security floor where he is caged 23-hours-a-day along with terrorist defendants, making his personal effects soggy.
Basciano's defense lawyer asked Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis to do something about extreme moisture and cold temperature in the jail as the gangster gears up for his racketeering and murder trial next month.
"Cold and moist," Garaufis informed prosecutors in Brooklyn Federal Court on Thursday.
"We'll look into it," Assistant U.S. Attorney Taryn Merkl replied, jotting notes on a pad.
Basciano has been held under jail conditions usually reserved for the most dangerous terrorists for more than four years since the feds seized an alleged hit list he wrote containing the names of Garaufis, a federal prosecutor and Bonanno turncoats who testified against him.
Basciano denies it was a hit list, insisting the names were supposed to be forwarded to a Santeria priest who could put a positive spell on his criminal case.
If convicted of ordering mob associate Randolph Pizzolo's murder, Basciano could face the death penalty. Jury selection begins next month.



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