Ailing Gambino mob boss Peter Gotti, 81, loses his second bid for early release , citing COVID-19 fears , so he can spend his final days with family


  • A judge has denied the release of ailing mob boss, 81-year-old Peter Gotti 
  • Gotti's lawyer asked for compassionate release from Butner Federal Medical Center, North Carolina fearing his client could succumb to coronavirus 
  • Gotti asked to be allowed to pass away at his daughter's New York home 
  • But prosecutors said that the mafia boss still posed a 'substantial danger to the community' despite his age and early onset dementia 
  • He is serving a 25-year sentence having been jailed 18-years ago in 2002
  • Gotti was jailed in 2002 shortly after he took over from his dying brother John  
  • The mobster says he wants 'to help others not make the life mistakes he made' 
  • Jail has made him 'reevaluate his thinking and reconsider his moral values'  

A mafia boss who is doing his time in incarceration has been denied bail for the second time because he is still considered a big risk to the community.

According to Daily Mail, a judge has said Gambino family mob boss Peter Gotti should remain in prison because he still poses a risk after he requested early compassionate release for the second time due to fears he might contract coronavirus while inside.  

Last year he also requested to be let out early, on that occasion he cited his ailing health involving an array of ailments including heart problems, dementia, blindness and cancer.

Now, more than a year later and growing ever more infirm, Gotti, 81, had asked to be released so that he may spend his final days with his family.  

But Judge Colleen McMahon rejected Gotti's argument that he was extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 at FMC Butner in North Carolina.    

'What I said a year ago remains true today. Nothing has changed since last January — not even the threat of COVID19 — to cause this court to alter its earlier decision,' McMahon wrote. 

In her previous ruling, Judge McMahon wrote that Gotti remained a threat to society.

'Gotti headed one of the most vicious and violent organized crime organizations in New York for a period of years,' the judge wrote. 

Gotti became the head of the Gambino crime family in 1999 taking over from his famous brother, John who was dying.

'I only want to be home with my family and tell anyone who will listen that I am a changed man and that there is no benefit to unlawful activities,' Gotti wrote in a letter to the court last year. 

'I truly regret my choices that hurt so many, and in the little time I have left on this earth would hope to be able to share some of my (new-found) wisdom to help others not make the same kind of mistakes that I have made.'

Gotti is currently serving a 25-year sentence at a federal prison hospital in North Carolina after he was jailed and convicted on two racketeering indictments 18 years ago. 

He was also convicted in a plot to kill turncoat underboss Salvatore Gravano. 

During his last appearance for compassionate release, prosecutors filed a letter urging the judge to keep him behind bars. 

'Notwithstanding his age and health, Gotti poses a substantial danger to the community,' the letter, signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jun Xiang, said. 

'Gotti argues that he is incapable of his violence due to his age and medical condition. 

'The danger posed by a Gambino Family leader like Gotti is not that he will personally engage in acts of violence, but that he can command others to do so.' 

He filed a seven-page motion in July 2019 requesting that he be released early and allowed to return to his daughter's home in Howard Beach, Queens via compassionate release from prison under the First Step Act of 2018.  

In his request, he said he wanted 'to help others not make the life mistakes he made'.

'Being incarcerated now for 17 years plus has caused him to reevaluate his thinking and reconsider his moral values,' his attorney James Craven wrote. 

'No longer does he try to justify his actions or defend the choices he made that brought him to prison.'

His attorney added that Gotti does not in 'any way deny his guilt or responsibility' but 'wants now to tell anyone who will listen that there is truly zero benefit to unlawful activity.

'He has hurt other people, including family members, and he wants to spend the balance of his life making amends as best he can.'

His attorney said the mob moss wants to 'die at home'.

'He is very seriously ill and clearly on an end of life trajectory and in a debilitated medical condition,' he said. 

'The health of his heart and lungs has deteriorated markedly in recent years.

'Compassionate release now would in no way minimize the severity of his offense, nor endanger anyone or anything.'

Peter's shift in attitude is a marked difference from his brothers John and Gene - the former would deny being part of any crime and the latter was recently released after spending 29 years in prison for dealing heroin and refused to leave prison even a day earlier than his sentence.

His nephew Junior, who is John's son, publicly denied being a part of the mob in 2005.

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