Mob Boss Trial with Mafia Witnesses Ends with Guilty Verdict

Adam Martin
The Atlantic Wire
Mob Boss Trial with Mafia Witnesses Ends with Guilty Verdict

Organized crime boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano is guilty of murder and faces the death penalty, a New York jury announced today. The 51-year-old former Bonanno family don, whose trial was highlighted by the testimony of Joseph "Big Joey" Massino is only the second Mafioso in 30 years to be convicted on a capital murder charge for a gang-related crime, the New York Daily News reports. Massino's testimony led to some cranky headlines in New York Taboids, as well as some colorful insights into mob-related restaurants. Basciano succeeded Massino as the head of the Bonanno family, and is already serving time for murdering "Bronx junkie" Frank Santoro with a shotgun in 2001. Now, a jury will decide whether or not he should die by lethal injection for ordering the murder of "mob associate" Randolf Pizzolo.