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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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No Death Sentence in Basciano Trial

June 2, 2011: After deliberating for only two hours, a federal jury in the Eastern District of New York returned a life sentence yesterday in the capital trial of Vincent Basciano.  Prosecutors had sought the death penalty against Basciano, former acting boss of the Bonanno family for ordering the murder of an associate.  Basciano is already serving a life sentence on an earlier racketeering conviction in the Eastern District.   The trial featured informant testimony including testimony by another high ranking Bonanno member who participated in the murder.  Jurors cited the fact that the informant and others who had commited equally or more serious crimes were not facing death as a mitigating factor in returning the life sentence.  Basciano was represented at trial by NYSACDL immediate Past President George Goltzer and NYSACDL member Richard Jasper.  NYSACDL commends them on their excellent representation and dedication in obtaining a non-death sentence.