Frank Locascio

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Frank Locascio
Frank Locascio.jpg
Frank Locascio in 1990
Born 1933
United States
Criminal charge
Murder, racketeering
Criminal penalty
Life in prison without parole

Frank "Frankie Loc" LoCascio (born 1933) is a New York mobster who became the Consigliere to the Gambino crime family, under Boss John Gotti. He was one of Gotti's closest lieutenants.

Biography[edit]

LoCascio was born to first generation immigrants from Baucina, Sicily. LoCascio is the father of Salvatore LoCascio, a caporegime (captain) in the Gambino family.

Becoming a made man during the 1950s, LoCascio was a bookmaker and loanshark for the Gambino family. Later on, he was promoted to caporegime of a crew in the Bronx, New York.

After the December 1985 assassination of boss Paul Castellano, Gotti became the new Gambino boss and LoCascio joined his inner circle. When underboss Joseph Armone went to prison in 1987, LoCascio became acting underboss; When Gotti reshuffled his administration later on, promoting Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano to Armone's position, LoCascio became acting consigliere.

1992 conviction[edit]

On December 11, 1990, Locascio was arrested alongside Gotti and Gravano and indicted for racketeering. At the time of his arrest, Locascio was still publicly identified as the Gambino family's underboss.[1]

At this time, Gravano decided to become a government witness and testified against his former associates. On April 2, 1992, LoCascio was convicted on racketeering and conspiracy charges, as was Gotti.[2] On June 23, 1992, both Gotti and LoCascio were sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.[3] When asked to comment at his sentencing, LoCasico made the following remarks:

"First, I would like to say emphatically that I am innocent...I am guilty though. I am guilty of being a good friend of John Gotti. And if there were more men like John Gotti on this earth, we would have a better country."[3]

Gambino captain Joseph "Jo Jo" Corozzo later replaced LoCascio as consigliere. As of December 2011, LoCascio is imprisoned at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Massachusetts. He has no projected release date.[4]

Popular culture[edit]

In the 1996 television movie Gotti, LoCascio is portrayed by actor Raymond Serra

In the film Witness to the Mob, LoCascio is portrayed by actor/singer Frankie Valli.

Further reading[edit]

  • Capeci, Jerry. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2002. ISBN 0-02-864225-2
  • Davis, John H. Mafia Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the Gambino Crime Family. New York: HarperCollins, 1993. ISBN 0-06-016357-7
  • Jacobs, James B., Christopher Panarella and Jay Worthington. Busting the Mob: The United States Vs. Cosa Nostra. New York: NYU Press, 1994. ISBN 0-8147-4230-0
  • Maas, Peter. Underboss: Sammy the Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. ISBN 0-06-093096-9
  • Raab, Selwyn. Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires. New York: St. Martin Press, 2005. ISBN 0-312-30094-8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raab, Selwyn (1990-12-12). "Gotti and 3 Top Aides Arrested On Federal Racketeering Charges". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ Lubasch, Arnold H. (April 3, 1992). "Gotti Guilty of Murder and Racketeering". New York Times. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Lubasch, Arnold H (June 24, 1992). "Gotti Sentenced to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole". New York Times. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Frank LoCascio". Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Joseph "Piney" Armone
Gambino crime family
Consigliere

1985-1992
Succeeded by
Joseph "Jo Jo" Corozzo