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Peter Gotti, Head of the Gambino Crime Family dies today at 81.

Updated: Feb 14

Photo by Michael McWeeney

Convicted mob boss Peter Gotti is escorted from the Waterfront Commission offices in Brooklyn by federal agents in the summer of 2002. (Staten Island Advance/Michael McWeeney) STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Peter Gotti, the former boss of the Gambino crime family and the brother of notorious mobster John Gotti, died in federal prison Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Gotti, 81, of Queens, was serving a 25-year sentence in North Carolina for racketeering conspiracy.

Peter Gotti, 'One eyed Pete'.

He was convicted in 2004 for putting a $70,000 bounty on Sammy (The Bull) Gravano, the infamous Gambino crime family turncoat, who formerly lived in Graniteville and whose testimony sent John Gotti to prison.

Prosecutors at the time had said Peter Gotti and Thomas (Huck) Carbonaro of Travis plotted in 1999 and 2000 to kill Gravano in Arizona with a homemade land mine or a hunting rifle as payback for turning against the family.

But Gravano was arrested on drug charges before the hit could be carried out.

A year earlier, Peter Gotti was convicted of infiltrating the New York waterfront and extorting action film star Steven Seagal, himself a former borough resident.

Prosecutors had said Gotti was part of a powerful crew that shook down workers and officials at the former Howland Hook terminal in Mariners Harbor.

“These things happen,” Gotti said, according to Advance/ reports at the time. After serving 17 years behind bars, he had asked a judge for early release at the end of 2019 because he was dealing with serious health issues, his lawyer James Craven previously said. Gotti was suffering from an enlarged prostate, gastric reflux and early-onset dementia, his lawyer said at the time. “[He was not] as dangerous as he looked,” Craven told the New York Daily News. A Manhattan judge eventually denied Gotti’s request."

By Irene Spezzamonte | for

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