Junior Gotti regrets mob involvement

July 18, 2005 at 7:24 PM

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- In the first newspaper interview he has ever given, John "Junior" Gotti told the New York Post that his father cut him off when he agreed to a plea deal.

Gotti, son of longtime Gambino family boss John Gotti, said that he ran the family after his father, the "Dapper Don," went to prison. But he said that the elder Gotti, now dead of cancer, made his brother, Peter, the acting boss when Junior pleaded guilty to extortion.

"I broke his heart. And this I will have to live with forever," Gotti said.

In letters to the newspaper, Gotti said that he now regrets becoming part of organized crime and said that the only place his father ever took him was to the social clubs where he did business.

Gotti goes on trial next week on charges of attempting to kill Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels and now a radio talk show host. In a letter to the Post, he said that the government broke its deal with him by bringing new charges last year just before his scheduled release from prison.

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