Homicide

Death penalty sought for 'Big Tony' in 2001 mob killing of South Florida businessman

In this undated booking photo made available by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello. Prosecutors are asking a jury on Sept. 16, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. , to recommend the death penalty for Anthony Moscatiello, whom they describe as the mastermind in the 2001 slaying of Gus Boulis, a prominent businessman. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP)

In this undated booking photo made available by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello. Prosecutors are asking a jury on Sept. 16, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. , to recommend the death penalty for Anthony Moscatiello, whom they describe as the mastermind in the 2001 slaying of Gus Boulis, a prominent businessman. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello for orchestrating a 2001 mob hit on a prominent South Florida businessman.

Moscatiello was convicted in July of first-degree murder and murder conspiracy in the fatal shooting of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis during a dispute over a fleet of lucrative gambling ships. Trial evidence showed Boulis was shot by a hit man hired by Moscatiello, a reputed member of New York's Gambino crime family.

The sentencing phase starts Wednesday in Broward County Circuit Court.

A jury will recommend either life in prison or the death penalty for Moscatiello, but the final decision rests with the judge. Co-defendant Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari was also convicted and is serving a life sentence.

Boulis also founded the Miami Subs restaurant chain.