John A. Junior Gotti Arrested on Racketeering and Conspiracy (Photos)
John A. Junior Gotti, 61, boss of the Gambino crime family, received a rather rude awakening earlier today when he was arrested at his upscale Oyster Bay Cove home in New York on charges of racketeering and murder conspiracy in three deaths.
The arrest by FBI agents took place at 5:00 a.m. eastern time. The New York City mobster took over the reins of the Gambino crime family of Cosa Nostra after his father John Gotti received a life prison sentence in 1992. The patriarch of the family died of cancer in 2002 while behind bars.
Junior has been tried three times for racketeering and a plot to kidnap Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa. The 2005 and 2008 trials ended with hung juries and mistrials. According to Seth Ginsberg, Junior Gotti's attorney, his client was brought to the Melville, NY office of the FBI and was being driven to Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday, August 5th for a court appearance later this morning.
Michael Finnerty and David D'Artino, known associates of Gotti, were also in custody on charges that originated with the Tampa U.S. Attorneys office. The charges are tied to their dealings with another Gambino member Ronald 'One Arm Ronnie' Trucchio, who is currently serving a life sentence in the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, PA. Before his arrest he ran the infamous crew known as the Ozark Park Boys based in Queens. They were reportedly raking in $30 million a year in bookmaking and illegal gambling enterprises before being busted by the feds.
Junior Gotti was quoted as saying this about his father and growing up a Gotti:
"I know my father loved me, but I got to question how much, to put me with all these wolves. This is the world you put your kid in? So much treachery.... My father couldn't have loved me, to push me into this life."
Junior married Kimberly Albanese, daughter of Gambino crime family mobster Phillip Albanese in 1990. The have a two year old son Joseph. Gotti's sister Victoria, wife of jailed mobster Carmine Agnello, starred in a A&E Network reality show Growing Up Gotti with her sons John, Carmine and Frank. The show was canceled due to poor ratings.
A press conference is being planned in Tampa later today.