Vincent J. Basciano (pronounced bah-see-an-oh) (born November 14, 1959) is an American mobster who became acting boss of the Bonanno Crime Family after the arrest of boss Joseph Massino. After the arrest of Bonanno crime family boss Joseph Massino, Vincent Basciano became the most powerful mob boss in New York City.
Basciano is nicknamed "Vinny Gorgeous," due to owning a Bronx beauty salon called "Hello Gorgeous," and for his fastidious grooming, hairstyle and looks. In 2011, several reporters noted that despite being imprisoned, Basciano still looked perfectly groomed in the courtroom.
Basciano became associated with organized crime at a relatively young age, working for mafia bosses in his early 20’s. In 1991, Basciano became a made member of the Bonanno crime family and later in 2002, Basciano was promoted to captain. In 1994, Basciano was aqquited of supplying heroin to a drug ring that made an approximate $10 million a year, from 1985 to 1991. Basciano’s rising mafia status continued as in 2004, then inprisoned Bonanno boss Joseph Massino promoted Basciano to acting boss. As acting boss, Basciano inducted several new members, ordered the murder of Bonnano associate Randolph Pizzolo, and plotted the murders of capo Patrick DeFilippo and mob associate Joseph Bonelli.
On May 6. 2006, Basciano was convicted in a racketeering trial for running illegal gambling and attempted murder. However, due to a hung jury, Basciano was not convicted of the 2001 murder of Frank Santoro.
After Basciano's first murder trial, prosecutors again indicted him on the Santoro murder. On August 1, 2007, Basciano was convicted of murdering Santoro, who tried to kidnap Basciano's son, and was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.
On May 16, 2011, Basciano was convicted of ordering the 2004 murder of Ralph "Randy" Pizzolo, On June 1, 2011, a jury rejected a prosecution request for the death penalty and instead sentenced Basciano to life in federal prison.
As of December 2011, Vincent Basciano is serving his sentences in the United States Penitentiary ADX in Florence, Colorado. After He moved USP Big Sandy.He has life in Prison.
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