NEW YORK (AP) — An ageing imprisoned mobster wants to avoid dying in prison like his notorious younger brother, the late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, according to court papers seeking an early release.
Peter Gotti’s poor health and his rejection of the gangster life make him a worthy candidate of a so-called compassionate release after serving 17 years behind bars at a North Carolina facility that also houses Ponzi scheme fraudster Bernard Madoff, the papers said.
The 79-year-old Gotti was sentenced to a 25-year term for his conviction in 2003 on racketeering and other charges alleging he took charge of the Gambinos after his brother was locked up.
The papers were filed last week in federal court in New York City. Federal prosecutors declined comment on Friday.
Peter Gotti is the brother of John Gotti, who was known as both the ‘Dapper Don’ because of his expensive suits and silvery swept-back, and the ‘Teflon Don’ after a series of acquittals on murder charges.
He was serving a life term for racketeering and murder when he died of cancer in 2002.
At a 2003 trial, his under-the-radar older brother was accused of overseeing a violent Gambino crew that used threats to assume control of local chapters of the International Longshoremen’s Association.