NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — John Gotti, the grandson of the late mob boss “Teflon Don” John Gotti, has been sentenced to spend eight years behind bars after pleading guilty to selling oxycodone pills in Queens.
The 23-year-old John Gotti pleaded guilty last month for his role in a Queens drug ring.
In August 2016, police found 500 oxycodone tablets and $40,000 in cash during a raid inside Gotti’s Howard Beach home.
In a letter to the judge, Gotti expressed remorse for his actions, which he called a youthful indiscretion.
At his sentencing Thursday, Gotti’s lawyer said he’ll likely be out of prison in about four years, including his time in custody and for good behavior. Gotti will also forfeit more than $250,000 in seized drug proceeds.
Attorney Gerard Marrone said Gotti was facing the facts.
“He’s going to be as positive as possible, he’s going to work hard, do his time and he’s going to come home, he’s going to make the best of it. His attitude is very, very good, he’s very strong,” Marrone said. “He’s a kid that had a problem and then it escalated and it got out of control, it got beyond his control.”
Marrone said with the Gotti name, comes the baggage.
“His last name is what his last name is and he’s always walking around with a target on his back,” Marrone said. “It’s a double-edge sword, I think sometimes the name to his is a cross, but sometimes I think it’s a blessing. They’re a beautiful family, they’re very supportive of him since day one. They really stick together the entire family.”
Gotti’s father, Peter, and his uncle, John Gotti, Jr., were in court to show support.
Found guilty of racketeering and murder in 1992, notorious Gambino crime family boss “Teflon Don” John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He died in a prison hospital at the age of 61 in 2002.
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