Organized crime figure John Gotti’s son tried to silence radio host and Guardian Angel founder Curtis Sliwa permanently in a a 1992 rubout attempt, federal prosecutors have charged, reports the New York Daily News. For John (Junior) Gotti, set to finish up a prison term for racketeering on Sept. 7, the new charges could mean a long new sentence. For Sliwa, the indictment was a “vindication” of a 12-year struggle for justice in an attack that left him with wounds to both legs. An indictment in Manhattan federal court also charges Gotti with two other attempted murder conspiracies, extortion, loansharking and securities fraud.
The indictment contends Junior Gotti, 40, was fed up with Sliwa’s using the airwaves as a bully pulpit to call for a life sentence for his father, the late Gambino boss John Gotti. Manhattan U.S. Attorney David Kelley said that in the spring of 1992, Junior gave the order to “snuff out the voice of Sliwa.” Sliwa hailed a stolen taxi in which a man shot him; he escaped by jumping out the window.