A Brooklyn jury yesterday found two former NYPD detectives guilty of betraying their badges and the city in an evil mob compact sealed by greed and murder, reports the New York Daily News. Longtime pals Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa were convicted of eight gangland slayings and leaking confidential information about mob informants to the Luchese crime family for cold cash during decorated careers as New York’s Finest. “In the 160-year history of the police department, there have been shocking cases, but nothing like this where police officers committed murders for gangsters,” said Thomas Reppetto, a historian of the NYPD.
Eppolito, 57, and Caracappa, 64, likely face life in prison. Sentencing was set May 22. Allegations that the detectives were on the Mafia family payroll first surfaced in the mid-1990s in reporting by Jerry Capeci, then of the Daily News and now with Ganglandnews.com. A 1994 front-page story in the paper was headlined, “Hero Cops or Hit Men?”