The grandson of the late notorious mob boss John Gotti was sentenced to eight years in a federal penitentiary for running an oxycodene ring in Queens, New York, on Thursday, March 2.
The 23-year-old Gotti, who takes after his father and great grandfather’s names, and whose subsequent arrest signifies the third generation of Gottis to do fed time, plead guilty to criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance, along with conspiracy on February 8. As a part of a deal he agreed to with the Queens prosecutor, Gotti must pay up $259,996 in addition to his incarceration.
Gotti was busted a couple of times in 2016, with an August arrest turning up 500 oxycodone tablets and $40,000 cash. The stings were a part of a coordinated crackdown dubbed “Operation Beach Party,” and targeted what authorities say was a $1.6 million-a-year enterprise he had going. “The sentence imposed today by the court sends a strong message to all drug dealers that illegal drug trafficking in Queens will not be tolerated,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement announcing Gotti’s sentencing.
The name Gotti and Queens have been synonymous in the organized crime world since the 1970’s, when John Gotti Sr. evolved from an errands runner to an enforcer and eventually a capo in the Gambino crime family. By the 1980’s Gotti had gained a reputation as a cunning, stylish, and no nonsense figure who had the respect of his elders and the admiration of those coming up behind him. In 1985, Gotti boldly broke from mob tradition when he carried out an unsanctioned hit on Gambino family boss Paul Castellano outside of Sparks Steak House in Midtown Manhattan.
For a time, Gotti was untouchable in the courts, beating case after case and being dubbed the Teflon Don by the media. But he’d go down in 1992, when he was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on a bevy of charges including racketeering, murder, conspiracy to murder, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. His son Junior Gotti would then take over and run the family from 1992-1999, before he too spent a decade in and out of prison fighting RICO charges.