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Friday, April 4, 2014

Feds drop murder charges against gangster for last murder ordered by John Gotti


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(Exclusive photo) - Daniel Fama (right) leaves Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Fama, an alleged associate of the Gambino Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra, is charged with the 1990 murder of a suspected informant. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

Daniel Fama, a reputed mobster charged in the last hit believed ordered by the late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, saw his indictment in the slay dropped by federal prosecutors Thursday.

The feds arrested the Staten Island ex-con last year on one count of killing a law-enforcement informant.

But prosecutors admitted Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court that they don’t have enough evidence to prove Fama knew about the motive when he took part in the 1990 rub-out of Edward Garafalo, no longer making it a federal crime.

Charles Carnesi, a lawyer for Fama, said his client never should have been busted on the informant-slay rap.

“The decision made today was not based on any information that was not available to the FBI agent who made the arrest last year,” Carnesi said.
Prosecutors said they don’t have enough evidence to prove Fama knew about the motive when he took part in the 1990 rub-out of Edward Garafalo, a law-enforcement informant.

The Daily News reported in November that Fama had been released on bail after he said former Gotti underboss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano would testify that he didn't know the reason for the hit.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office could try the 49-year-old for the killing in state court.

But Carnesi said he considers that unlikely. Fama spent nearly 20 years in prison and is now a productive citizen, the lawyer said.

“Nobody could seriously argue that this individual is the same individual who went to jail in 1992,” he said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/feds-drop-case-daniel-fama-alleged-gotti-hit-man-article-1.1745092#ixzz2xvOmtqm1


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