A person mentioned by federal prosecutors to have been a prime chief of New York’s infamous Gambino crime household was shot and killed Wednesday on Staten Island.
Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, 53, was discovered with a number of gunshot wounds to his physique at his house within the borough’s Todt Hill part simply after 9 p.m.
Cali was taken to a hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless. There have been no arrests.
No different data was supplied by police.
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Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in courtroom filings in recent times because the underboss of the Gambino group, associated by marriage to the Inzerillo clan within the Sicilian Mafia.
A number of press accounts since 2015 mentioned Cali had ascended to the highest spot within the gang, though he by no means confronted a felony cost saying so.
His solely mob-related felony conviction got here a decade in the past, when Cali pleaded responsible in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed try to construct a NASCAR observe on Staten Island. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal jail and was launched in 2009.
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The final crime household boss to be shot in New York Metropolis was Paul Castellano. The Gambino crime boss was assassinated outdoors Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan in 1985.
The Gambino Household was as soon as among the many strongest felony organizations within the U.S., however federal prosecutions within the 1980s and 1990s despatched its prime leaders to jail and diminished its attain.