BUTNER, N.C. — Mobster and one-time boss of the Gambino Crime Family, Peter Gotti, has died of natural causes whilst serving a federal prison sentence at FCC Butner in North Carolina. He was the older brother of notorious crime boss John Gotti. The Gambino Crime Family has been described as “America’s most powerful crime syndicate.”
John Gotti, who was known as the “Teflon Don” for an infamous series of acquittals in high profile trials, died of cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence for racketeering and murder. He took over the family in December of 1985 after ordering the murder of Paul Castellano.
Peter was serving a 25-year sentence stemming from a 2003 conviction for racketeering and similar offenses alleging he took over the family after his brother was locked behind bars. Gotti held a job as a New York City Sanitation worker whilst simultaneously participating in the crime family. He retired with disability pension after he injured his head on the back of a garbage truck.
The 81-year-old former mob boss had served 17 years at the federal level. He had sought an early release, citing his remorse and health concerns in an effort to avoid dying in prison. Peter Gotti had been sick, suffered from thyroid problems, and was blind in one eye, former mobster Lewis Kasman told the AP.
Kasman recalled Peter as a “regular knockaround guy who didn’t let his title go to his head.” However, Peter’s kindness made him a less-adept candidate than his notorious brother.
“He was trying to do his brother’s bidding and he had a tough task,” he said. “A lot of the captains were very upset with him because he wasn’t a strong boss. The Lucchese family walked all over him.”
Peter Gotti had spent approximately $70,000 attempting to track down Sammy “The Bull” Gravano before the former underboss turned John Gotti in to the feds. Court documents say Gravano cooperated with authorities to bring Gotti down in exchange for a 1991 plea deal.