Carmine Persico, Colombo Crime Family Boss, Is Dead at 85

Carmine Persico, Colombo Crime Family Boss, Is Dead at 85 | #TpromoCom #Colombo #OrganizedCrime #Death | Carmine Persico in September 1986 at the Metropolitan Correction Center in Manhattan. Three months earlier he had been found guilty of charges that he was the leader of a vast criminal enterprise. In September he was convicted of additional racketeering charges and sentenced to 100 years in prison, raising his combined sentences to 139 years.CreditCreditChester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

Carmine J. Persico, who emerged from gangland Brooklyn to become the unpredictable boss of one of the nation’s most powerful Mafia organizations in an era when the mob in New York was at the peak of its prosperity, died a prisoner on Thursday in North Carolina, where he was serving a 139-year sentence. He was 85.

His lawyer, Benson Weintraub, confirmed the death, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He said he did not know the cause. Mr. Persico had been incarcerated nearby at a federal prison in Butner, N.C.

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