Court in NYC upholds geriatric gangster conviction
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court in New York City has upheld the conviction and eight-year prison sentence of 95-year-old mob boss John "Sonny" Franzese.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that his racketeering conspiracy conviction was a result of a fair trial and his sentence was proper.
Franzese was sentenced last January in Brooklyn. The underboss of the Colombo crime family was convicted of extorting Manhattan strip clubs and a pizzeria on Long Island.
An FBI agent testified that Franzese bragged about killing 60 people over the years.
The agent said Franzese once contemplated arranging his own son's death after he became a government cooperator.
Federal prosecutors had sought to imprison him for at least 12 years.
Franzese is scheduled to be released in June 2017.
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