A high-ranking member of the Colombo Mafia family died in the United States at the age of 104. He was released from prison three years before his death.
One of the most famous American gangsters John Franzese Sr. nicknamed Sonny (Son) died in a hospital in New York at the age of 103. The cause of his death is not known. The gangster is survived by three sons, two daughters, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Sky News reports.
Franzese is known as a member of the Colombo Mafia family, whom he joined when he was 33 years old. Until the mid-1990s, he was second in the mafia clan.
Three years ago, Franzese was released from prison. His trial took place in 2011 for extortion. However, the man was released early because of his advanced age.
In general, the gangster was convicted repeatedly. In the sights of the police, he got for bank robberies and murders.
Franzese was born in the Italian city of Naples in 1917. In the family, he was the youngest of 19 children. His family later moved to New York, where he grew up.
After school, he was drafted into the army, but from there he was dismissed “because of his penchant for murder”.
At the time of 33, preface’s mafia family, which would later become known as Colombo, had been “laid eyes” on him. In the criminal clan, he made a “career.”
“At home a loving father and husband, and on the street – an evil guy with no regrets, who would never confess to the crime, never surrendered anyone, never broke his vows, ” – said about his father his son Michael.