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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Feds bust Genovese mobster for 21 year old Yonkers murder

A reputed mobster was busted Thursday in connection with the cold-case slaying of a 29-year-old Yonkers man, authorities said.
John Tortora Jr., 61, is accused of hiring goons to kill Richard Ortiz more than 20 years ago as part of a plot to expand the power of the Genovese crime family, federal prosecutors said.
Ortiz was stabbed multiple times on Nov. 11, 1997.
“The arrest of John Tortora should remind everyone that justice delayed is not justice denied,” said FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney Jr.

Tortora was charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering and murder for hire. If convicted, he faces mandatory life in prison or the death penalty.
Federal prosecutors say the suspect, who went by Johnny T, committed a wide range of crimes over the last 21 years — including murder, extortion, gambling and drug trafficking.
Tortora was arrested in Yonkers. He was expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon, according to the Office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.



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