Gerlandino Messina

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Gerlandino Messina.

Gerlandino Messina (born on July 22, 1972) is a member of the Mafia in Sicily from Porto Empedocle. He has been on the most wanted list of the Italian ministry of the Interior since 1999.[1]

He is the son of Giuseppe Messina, the Mafia boss of Porto Empedocle, who on July 8, 1986, was killed by the Grassonelli clan,[2] which adhered to the Stidda – a criminal organisation rivaling Cosa Nostra. In revenge, six members of the Grassonelli clan were killed on September 21, 1986, in the so-called Porto Empedocle massacre.

He is considered to be one of the bosses of Cosa Nostra in the province of Agrigento, jointly with Giuseppe Falsone.[3][4]

On October 23, 2010, he was captured by a special unit of the Carabinieri while he was in his house in Favara, near Agrigento.[5] He was wanted for Mafia association and several murders,[1] such as the killing of police officer Giuliano Guazzelli in April 1992.[6]

In 2012, he was sentenced to 9 years and 6 months of imprisonment for illegal possession of firearms.

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