NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Joseph Massino was the highest ranking mobster ever to turn government informant, having served as boss of the infamous Bonanno family.
But on Wednesday, Massino’s gamble paid off, as a former judge set him loose.
As 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported, Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said the 10 1/2 years Massino served – during which time he wore a wire and testified against fellow mobsters — was time enough.
Massino, 70, wore the standard-issue track suit for his court appearance. He shook his lawyer’s hand, thanked the judge, and said he prayed every night for those he hurt and their families.