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Mobster Who Put Hit Out for Late Crime Boss John Gotti Gets 13 Years

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Watts, a close associate of the late Gambino Crime family boss John J. Gotti, becomes the latest mobster to get a stiff prison sentence.

Watts,69, was sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan federal court by Judge Colleen McMahon to 13 years in prison for participating in “murder and assault conspiracies in order to maintain and increase his influence in the Gambino Family.” He was also ordered to forfeit $250,000.

He pleaded guilty in January after being charged with setting up the murder of a man the Gambino crime family boss John Gotti suspected of snitching.

“Today’s sentence should serve as a sober reminder that if you kill or harm an actual or potential government witness, no matter how powerful you may think you are, we will find you and send you to prison for a very long time,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.”

Authorities say Watts was close to the older Gotti, but never became a “made man”  because he was not Italian. He was, however,  made a Gambino family captain.

Authorities said that in 1989,  Frederick Weiss was a defendant in a case in federal court in Manhattan.

The Gambino crime family boss at the time, John J. Gotti,  suspected that Weiss was cooperating with the government because he got rid of  a lawyer who regularly represented Gambino Family members and associates. Gotti ordered Weiss killed.

Authorities said Watts put together a murder team to carry out the hit.

In September 1989, Watts and others went to  a house on Staten Island where they thought Weiss would be. Authorities said Watts assigned different Gambino members and associates to different tasks, including digging the grave  for Weiss’s body.

Watts  stood in the garage, holding a gun, waiting to shoot Weiss when he arrived. But Weiss never showed up.

So the next day, a different team of shooters killed Weiss outside his apartment building, authorities said.

Authorities said Watts also roughed up someone who refused to give back some investment money.

That all began while Watts was serving a prison sentence in connection with his 2001 conviction for money laundering. In prison, he met a fellow inmate who he admired for his stockpicking.

After the stockpicker got released from prison, Watts sent an emissary to deliver approximately $350,000 to $400,000 in cash to the man to invest, authorities said.

The investment failed.  In 2002,  Watts demanded his money back. The man returned some, but not all.

Watts started threatening the man.  On one occasion, Watts and another individual confronted the man in Manhattan and physically assaulted him, authorities said. On a  subsequent occasion, Watts threatened the man and physically shoved him against the wall.

New Gotti Film to Star John Travolta and Joe Pesci


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It all seems a little surreal. But it’s real.

The New York Post reports that a new “biopic” film on the Gotti family —  “Gotti: Three Generations” —  will star John Travolta, and none other than actor Joe Pesci. Filming is set to begin in October.

Pesci became legendary for his role in “Goodfellas” and was most remembered for the restaurant scene in which he turns to actor Ray Liotta and says: “What do you mean I’m funny? ….You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little f–ked up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to f–kin’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how?

The Post reported that the Gotti  film may also include actress Lindsay Lohan.

Travolta will play the Godfather, John Gotti.

“This is probably the most interesting untold story in this country,” Travolta said, according to the Post.

The Post reported that the screenplay is being written by actor-writer Leo Rossi, who wrote “Analyze This”.

John Gotti died in prison in June 2002 at age 61. His son walked free in December 2009 after  the feds failed to convict him on four tries on racketeering.  Each trial resulted in a deadlocked jury.  Shortly afterward, the feds decided to drop the charges and give up.

Modern Mobsters Still Follow Dad into the Mafia

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The historic mobster roundup that collared more than 120 people in the New York region last month provided a snapshot of the Mafia of today: murder, gambling and extortion; big bosses and small fries; “made guys” and associates. But what it didn’t show was the pervasive nepotism that still exists in organized crime — only one son with a father with alleged ties to a crime family was arrested that day.

Even so, organized crime experts say the mob of the 21st century, just like the one in the 20th century, is still a magnet for the younger generation.

Father John J. Gotti

“Unfortunately, there’s still quite a few sons in the business,” David Shafer, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Organized Crime Branch in New York, told AOL News. “Hollywood has glamorized the business with shows and movies like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas.’

“But it’s not a glamorous lifestyle. A lot of wise guys and associates aren’t living the luxurious lifestyle and living in a mansion like Tony Soprano.”

Adds Andrew DiDonato, a former associate of the Gambino crime family: “There’s still a ton of nepotism in organized crime. Nepotism still runs wild.”

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Gotti Hitman Pleads Guilty to Arranging Murder of Executive Who Was Suspected Snitch

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On Thursday, the day 127 people were charged in the largest Mafia roundup in FBI history, a hit man for the late mob Godfather John Gotti pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to arranging the Sept. 11, 1989 murder of a Staten Island businessman Gotti suspected was a snitch, the New York Daily News reported.

Joseph Watts, a member of the Gambino crime family,  admitted to plotting to kill Fred Weiss, a former Staten Island Advance editor and m0b-connected trash-hauling executive, who Gotti thought was cooperating with the FBI, the paper reported.

“I conspired and agreed with others to murder Fred Weiss to prevent him from cooperating with the government,” Watts told Federal District Judge Colleen McMahon, according to the Daily News.

The Daily News reported that Watts had put together a team of killers to take Weiss out. The paper reported that one hit team failed but another team didn’t the very next day.

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John Gotti’s Confidante Avoids Prison Term

The late mobster  John J. Gotti

The late mobster John J. Gotti

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Garment businessman Lewis Kasman, the late mobster John Gotti’s confidante and self-proclaimed “adopted son” and FBI mole avoided getting a prison sentence Thursday for lying to the FBI and other crimes, Long Island’s Newsday reported.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn on Thursday spared Kasman, 53, a prison sentence for obstruction of justice, lying to the FBI, fraud and racketeering, Newsday reported, saying he committed some of the crimes while he was cooperating with the FBI. He was sentenced to time served and given three years probation.

The paper said the judge acknowledged that Kasman’s cooperation was a big help in battling the Gambino crime family that Gotti headed up.

“At great risk to himself [Kasman] leveraged the substantial trust that he had built within the Gambino family to provide the government with valuable information,” said Garaufis, according to the paper.

“I did enjoy running with the bad guys at that point in my life,” Kasman told Garaufis, the paper reported. “It is a hard lesson learning to live a clean life.”

Feds Say Retired NYPD Cop is Mob Associate

The late mobster  John J. Gotti

The late mobster John J. Gotti

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John McNally: Hero cop or mob associate? Perhaps both.

Federal authorities have filed court papers in U.S. District Court in Manhattan alleging that the retired New York cop, now 76, worked with the late mobster John Gotti’s hired gun Joseph Watts on extortion and money laundering crimes for years, the New York Daily News is reporting.

McNally is just named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a case against Watts, who faces charges of racketeering in connection with a number of homicides “during the mob’s go-go 1980s,” the Daily News reported.

The Daily News reports that one of the mob hits in the case involves the 1985 slaying of Gambino godfather Paul Castellano. That murder opened the door for Gotti to take over the New York mob.

“At this point, he’s really old and really sick,” a friend of McNally told the Daily News. “They are just trying to besmirch his career, to embarrass him.”

The News reported that McNally worked for  attorney F. Lee Bailey on the Simpson defense team in the 1990s and did “security” in the 1980s for Gene Gotti, John Gotti’s brother.

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