Acting crime boss found guilty in gangland hit

May 16, 2011 12:58:34 PM PDT
A flashy New York City mobster has been convicted of federal charges he ordered a gangland hit in 2004. A Brooklyn jury reached the verdict against former acting boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano on Monday, its fourth day of deliberations.

Basciano already was serving a life sentence for an attempted murder conviction in 2007. This time, prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for the killing of a mob associate who ran afoul of the Bonanno organized crime family.

The trial featured testimony by former Bonanno boss Joseph Massino, the highest-ranking member of a New York City Mafia family ever to testify against his own.

Jurors heard secret recordings by Massino that prosecutors said captured the 51-year-old Basciano admitting to the killing.

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