FBI officials arrested John Gotti Jr. at his Long Island home Tuesday morning on charges linking him to the murders of three New York men and other charges that could land him in jail for life.
Federal authorities in Tampa Bay, Fla., announced an indictment charging Gotti, also known as “Junior,” with racketeering, drug trafficking and murder conspiracy in connection to killings in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
A related indictment charges five other men, four from New York and one from Tampa, with racketeering. Some of the men were also charged with drug trafficking, involvement with Gotti in one of the murders and a fourth killing not connected to Gotti.
The charges resulted from a decade-long investigation of the Gambino crime family’s infiltration of Tampa Bay, Fla., where the case will be tried, according to U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill.
The indictment specifies that from 1983 through 2008, Gotti occupied various roles, including captain and de facto boss, in the Gambino crime family enterprise, which engaged in an array of criminal activity and public acts and displays of violence.
Federal authorities said the “more egregious” criminal activity alleged against Gotti includes possession and trafficking of more than five kilograms of cocaine and the three murders.
Gotti, 44, was charged with the Dec. 20, 1988 murder of George Grosso in Queens and the Nov. 21, 1991 killing of Bruce Gotterup in Rockaway Beach. It is also alleged that Gotti killed Gambino crime family soldier Louis DiBono in a parking garage at the World Trade Center on Oct. 4, 1990.
Two of the other men indicted were said to be involved with the Gotterup murder, according to the indictment. John Burke, 47, was charged with the murder in 2001 and was in an upstate prison when federal agents hit him with the new charges on Tuesday. Guy Peden, 47, of Wantagh, L.I., was charged with assisting Burke in the Gotterup murder.
The other indicted men are David D’Arpino, 33, of Howard Beach, Michael Finnerty, 43, of Oceanside, L.I., and James Cadicamo, 33, of Tampa, Fla. According to the indictment, D’Arpino and Burke participated in the murder of John Gerbert, who was killed in Woodhaven on July 12, 1996.
Each of the men face life imprisonment. D’Arpino could earn an additional sentence of life imprisonment or death if he is convicted of murder in aid of a racketeering activity.
Gotti’s lawyer, Charles Carnesi, said his client — son of late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti — would be vindicated, according to published reports. “We didn’t think that the government would stoop to this level after having (been) shown Mr. Gotti had left this life behind him many years ago and has been, for the last several years, living an entirely law-abiding life with his wife and family,” he said.
In 2005 and 2006, Gotti was tried three separate times in Manhattan on racketeering charges and each case ended in a mistrial. He had pleaded guilty in 1999 to racketeering crimes, including fraud, bribery, extortion and gambling, which earned him a sentence of 77 months in jail. He was released in 2005.