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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Reputed Gambino boss John "Jackie the Nose" cuts three-year plea bargain

FBI Mugshot of John 'Jackie Nose' D'Amico, cur...Image via WikipediaThe reputed boss of the Gambino crime family plea-bargained to an assault charge today in an alleged 1989 murder plot against a suspected informant.
John "Jackie the Nose" D'Amico faces a maximum three years in the slammer for conspiring "to commit an assault against Frederick Weiss with a dangerous weapon so as to prevent Weiss from cooperating against the Gambino family as a potential witness."
According to papers filed in Manhattan federal court, D'Amico allowed co-defendant Joseph Watts, a reputed high-ranking Gambino associate, to recruit members of his crew for a planned hit on Weiss, a private sanitation exec who had run afoul of the late mob boss John Gotti.
But Watts' plan didn't come off and authorities believe Weiss was instead murdered by members of New Jersey's DeCavalcante crime family as a favor to the "Dapper Don."
D'Amico, 74, had faced life in prison and forfeiture of $4 million under a wide-ranging racketeering indictment handed up last year.
A source close to the defense suggested that the feds cut the graying gangster a big break because the case against him was "very, very weak" and D'Amico -- who's been described as a "degenerate gambler" -- "probably doesn't have two nickels to rub together."
A spokeswoman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment.


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