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‘Junior’ Gotti Begins Prison Term

October 18, 1999

RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) _ John A. ``Junior″ Gotti arrived by taxicab at a federal prison Monday to begin serving nearly 6 1/2 years for bribery, extortion, gambling and fraud.

Gotti, the 35-year-old son of convicted Mafia boss John J. Gotti, showed up alone at the Correctional Institution at Ray Brook, near Lake Placid in upstate New York, said Associate Warden Dave Chapman. Gotti apparently flew to a nearby airport, then took a cab in the cold rain.

Gotti, who prosecutors say succeeded his imprisoned father, ``Dapper Don″ John J. Gotti, as boss of the Gambino crime family, was sentenced last month to 77 months in prison after pleading guilty on the eve of trial. Many of the charges stemmed from a scheme to take control of a New York topless club.

Gotti could be freed by Sept. 8, 2004, subtracting time already spent in jail and if he serves his time with good behavior, prison authorities said.

He will be permitted visits from his family _ except his father, who is imprisoned for life at another federal prison in Marion, Ill.

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