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Reputed Mobster Gene Gotti Goes to Jail

June 29, 1989 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Reputed mobster and convicted heroin trafficker Gene Gotti went to jail Thursday, seven years after he was arrested on charges of running a major heroin operation.

With eight minutes to spare before a 10 a.m. deadline set by a judge, Gotti and co-defendant John Carneglia - both wearing nylon jogging suits and sneakers - stepped out of a maroon Lincoln and swaggered into the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, where they surrendered to U.S. marshals.

″Afraid we weren’t going to show up?″ Gotti, the brother of reputed Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, joked to his lawyer.

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U.S. District Judge John R. Bartels on Wednesday revoked their $1 million bail after a three-day hearing, saying both men continued to pose a danger to the community, and ordered the pair to await their July 7 sentencing in jail.

Prosecutors maintained that Gotti and Carneglia continued to traffic in heroin and deal in Gambino family affairs after their conviction.

Prosecutors asked that they be jailed immediately after the bail hearing in U.S. District Court, but Bartels gave them an additional night to be with their families and pick up the personal items they will need during their stay at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

″His mood is hopeful. Certainly, he’s not happy about going to jail. No one is,″ said Gotti’s lawyer, Ronald Fischetti.

The two men will appeal their convictions, but that process could take up to a year and their lawyers said it was unlikely Gotti and Carneglia could gain release on bail while awaiting a decision.

Gotti, 42, and Carneglia, 44, were found guilty on May 22 of running a multimillion-dollar heroin ring. Two earlier trials in federal court ended in mistrials.

Gotti, described by law enforcers as a capo or captain in the Gambino family, faces up to 50 years in prison. Carneglia, a reputed soldier in the Gambino group, faces 55 years.