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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Former Gambino boss loses second bid for compassionate release despite COVID-19 concerns

Peter Gotti, Gambino family member, in a file photo. 
Peter Gotti, Gambino family member, in a file photo.  

Ailing former Gambino mob boss Peter Gotti lost a second bid Tuesday to be released early from prison so he can spend his final days with family.

Judge Colleen McMahon rejected Gotti’s argument that he was extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 at FMC Butner in North Carolina, which has faced outbreaks like many other federal lockups around the country. Currently, there are three inmates and six staff at the prison specializing in medical treatment.

In January, the judge denied a similar request from Gotti, citing an array of ailments including heart problems, dementia, blindness and cancer.

“What I said a year ago remains true today. Nothing has changed since last January — not even the threat of COVID19 — to cause this Court to alter its earlier decision,” McMahon wrote.

In her previous ruling, the judge wrote that Gotti, 81, remained a threat to society.

“Gotti headed one of the most vicious and violent organized crime organizations in New York for a period of years,” the judge wrote.

Gotti took over the Gambino crime family from his famous brother, John Gotti, in 1999. He spent $70,000 on unsuccessful efforts to whack Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, the mob rat who put John Gotti behind bars. Peter Gotti ordered two subordinates — who used aliases and changed their appearances — to travel to the West Coast and Arizona and look for Gravano.

The gangster was instrumental in extortion schemes of labor unions and the construction industry in the 1990s. He’s due to complete sentences out of both Manhattan and Brooklyn Federal Court in 2032.

Gotti’s attorney did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

“I only want to (be) home with my family and tell anyone who will listen that I am a changed man and that there is no benefit to unlawful activities,” Gotti wrote in a letter to the court last year. “I truly regret my choices that hurt so many, and in the little time I have left on this earth would hope to be able to share some of my (new-found) wisdom to help others not make the same kind of mistakes that I have made.”



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