Peter Gotti's Compassionate Release Motion Leaves Gambino Family Few Options

John Gotti most certainly never would've done what his eldest brother is attempting to do.

Peter Gotti with Ronnie One-Arm Trucchio.
Peter Gotti with Ronnie One-Arm Trucchio.

And it's certainly not something in brother Gene's vocabulary.

Gene, now a capo in the Gambino crime family, served 30 years in prison, and notably refused to seek early release to a halfway house when he had the opportunity. He was released last year, after serving out his full sentence.

Peter Gotti seems to be following in the footsteps of another John Gotti, the one with Junior for a nickname. Former lead decision-maker on a Gambino family ruling panel (and a nephew to Peter), Junior Gotti publicly disavowed the Gambino family back in 2005. Four times between then and 2009, federal prosecutors tried--and failed--to convict him on racketeering charges

Even though the filing says nothing about his current status in the Gambino family, by filing the compassionate release motion, Peter Gotti also is tacitly stepping down from his post as official Gambino boss.

As Gang Land News noted: "Regardless, the crime family will immediately depose Gotti from his mob post, said Michael (Mikey Scars) DiLeonardo, the turncoat Gambino capo who testified against Gotti at his 2004 trial.

Run by its Sicilian faction for more than a decade, the Gambinos "will be hard pressed not to depose Peter if he is still the "official boss," of the crime family, as (DiLeonardo) and many mob busters believe.

"If they do it the right way," said DiLeonardo, "the captains will take a vote, and take him down, and put him on a shelf."

"They have to do that. He's doing the same thing that John (Junior) did, he's quitting the mob."

Following the murder of Gambino underboss Francesco (Frank) Cali in March, law enforcement sources have named the top wiseguys now running the family as Lorenzo Mannino, 60, Domenico (Italian Dom) Cefalu, 72, and Michael (Mickey Boy) Paradiso, 79, as consiglieri.

Even if Peter is only a soldier, the Gambinos will have to act now, as DiLeonardo told Jerry Capeci "They can't have the boss of the family, or even a made guy, violate omerta without punishment. He's not a rat, he's not giving anybody up, but he's violating the oath.

Gene Gotti's story provides a sharp contrast to Peter's.

Gene ranks among the New York Mafia's remaining legitimate tough guys. He went away for heroin trafficking in 1989 with John Carneglia, 73, who was released last year, on June 11, from a Brooklyn halfway house.

Gene and Johnny Carneglia were both identified by Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano as being among the shooters responsible for gunning down Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti in front of Sparks Steakhouse in December 1985. (Carneglia is believed to have fired the coup de grâce in Castellano's head.)

Prior to his conviction, Gene lived with his wife and three children on Gibson Boulevard in Valley Stream, L.I.

Carneglia and Gotti were both convicted in the third trial of a 1983 indictment of 10 Gambino mobsters and associates based on tape recordings from an FBI bug placed in the basement of the Long Island home of codefendant, and longtime John Gotti pal, Angelo Ruggiero.Their first two prosecutions ended in mistrials.

Carneglia and Gene were given an opportunity to accept a plea deal that would've permitted a prison sentence of around 10 to 15 years; meaning both would've been free to celebrate the Millennium. However, John Gotti adhering to the mob dictum that forbids admitting guilt, urged them to go to trial. Gotti, the newly coronated boss of the Gambino family, then tried to fix the jury, prosecutors later said. Things did not go according to plan.

"He and Gene got screwed," Michael DiLeonardo, former Gambino capo, previously told Cosa Nostra News. "They should have been home a long time ago."