FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The latest on the case involving Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello in the mob-connected 2001 slaying of a prominent South Florida businessman during a battle over control of a fleet of gambling ships (all times local):
A Florida jury has recommended life in prison for Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello for orchestrating a 2001 mob hit on a prominent businessman.
The jury's recommendation of life instead of the death penalty is advisory only to Broward County Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes, who will make the final decision. But the judge gives "great weight" to the jury's decision.
The 76-year-old Moscatiello was convicted in July of first-degree murder and murder conspiracy in the fatal shooting of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis during a dispute over the lucrative SunCruz Casinos fleet of 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.
Co-defendant Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari was also convicted and is serving a life sentence.
Boulis also founded the Miami Subs restaurant chain.
A jury has reached a decision on whether to recommend a life prison sentence or the death penalty for Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello in the 2001 mob-connected slaying of a prominent South Florida businessman.
The recommendation will be announced shortly and goes to Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes, who will make the final decision.
Moscatiello was convicted in July of hiring a mob hit man to kill Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis during a dispute over control of a lucrative gambling ship fleet. Moscatiello is a reputed member of New York's Gambino crime family.