NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A flashy New York City mobster has been convicted of federal charges he ordered a gangland hit in 2004.
A Brooklyn jury reached the guilty verdict against former acting boss Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano on Monday — its fourth day of deliberations.
Basciano, 51, already was serving a life sentence for an attempted murder conviction in 2007. This time, prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for the killing of a mob associate who ran afoul of the Bonanno organized crime family.
The trial featured testimony by former Bonanno boss Joseph Massino, the highest-ranking member of the Mafia ever to testify against his own family.
Jurors heard secret recordings by Massino that prosecutors said captured Basciano admitting to the killing.
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