Mob Boss Trial with Mafia Witnesses Ends with Guilty Verdict

Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano faces the death penalty for murder

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Organized crime boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano is guilty of murder and faces the death penalty, a New York jury announced today. The 51-year-old former Bonanno family don, whose trial was highlighted by the testimony of Joseph "Big Joey" Massino is only the second Mafioso in 30 years to be convicted on a capital murder charge for a gang-related crime, the New York Daily News reports. Massino's testimony led to some cranky headlines in New York Taboids, as well as some colorful insights into mob-related restaurants. Basciano succeeded Massino as the head of the Bonanno family, and is already serving time for murdering "Bronx junkie" Frank Santoro with a shotgun in 2001. Now, a jury will decide whether or not he should die by lethal injection for ordering the murder of "mob associate" Randolf Pizzolo.

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