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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Jailed Bonanno mobster Vinny Gorgeous wants life sentence thrown out


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Wiseguy ​Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous​” Basciano​ has filed yet another appeal of his life sentence for the 2004 murder of a renegade underling. ​
​Citing ineffective counsel, the ex-mob boss wants a federal judge to toss his conviction and sentence for the murder of Bonanno associate Randolph Pizzolo.
An appeals court last upheld his conviction in 2012., after Basciano — known for his immaculate suits and coiffed hair — failed to argue that prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence.
The 56-year-old was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, murder in aid of racketeering, and an illegal gun charge in 2011, yet managed to dodge the death penalty.
Prosecutors said he orchestrated the hit because Pizzolo was considered reckless and disobedient.
Basciano is also serving a second life sentence for the 2001 killing of Frank Santoro.

http://nypost.com/2017/06/26/vinny-gorgeous%E2%80%8B-wants-life-sentence-tossed-over-ineffective-counsel/


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