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Gotti Family, Friends Offer Bail

July 24, 1998

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ A judge is considering an offer by friends and family of alleged mob boss John Gotti Jr. to put up $10 million to spring him from jail.

Gotti’s sister, Victoria, and her husband, Carmine Agnello, offered their $4 million Long Island mansion as part of the bail.

Her 34-year-old brother is awaiting a January trial on charges of robbery, extortion, loansharking, gambling and fraud. Prosecutors say he is among those who have been running the Gambino crime family since his father, John J. Gotti, was imprisoned for life for racketeering.

In addition to Ms. Gotti’s mansion, the pledge includes the property of ``family and friends, including doctors and other respectable members of society,″ Gotti attorney Gerald Shargel said at a hearing Thursday.

Gotti agreed to 24-hour home confinement and would pay for full-time surveillance of himself by a private security firm hired by prosecutors, Shargel said.

In February, U.S. District Judge Barrington Parker refused bail for Gotti, calling him a danger to the community, but he reserved judgment on the latest request and did not say when he would rule.

Gotti could be sentenced to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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