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Monday, June 10, 2013

Feds ask judge to reduce life sentence for first NY mob boss turned rat

**File** Joseph Massino, reputed boss of the Bonanno crime family, is seen in this undated file photo. More than 70 years after a bloody mob war ended with a peace producing New York City's five Mafia families, the heads of each crime syndicate are simultaneously behind bars for the first time. (AP Photo/US Attorneys Office, File)   Original Filename: MOB_TRIAL_NY121.jpg
THE FAT man sang and now he want his just desserts.

The feds are asking a judge to reduce the life sentence of former Bonanno family crime boss Joseph Massino as a reward for his unprecedented cooperation.

“As the first official boss of the American Mafia to testify publicly, Massino’s cooperation was an important milestone in the decades-long effort by the Department of Justice to dismantle and uproot La Cosa Nostra,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Taryn Merkl stated in papers filed Monday in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Massino, 70, sought a cooperation deal from the government immediately after he was convicted in 2004 of racketeering and eight gangland rubouts.

Prosecutors were skeptical at first, but Massino won them over when he claimed to have knowledge of a plot by his successor, Vincent ''Vinny Gorgeous'' Basciano, to whack mob-busting Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Andres. He testified in two mob trials and provided assistance that led to dozens of convictions.

Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis has scheduled the resentencing for June 20. Massino has served more than 10 years in prison since his last arrest.



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