1. 1992: John Gotti gets sentenced to life in prison
It was on this date in 1992 that notorious mob boss John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty on 14 counts of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder. Gotti had been on trial multiple times throughout the 80’s but always seemed slip away with no more than a slap on the wrists. He had taken over as head of the powerful Gambino Family in 1985 after Paul Castellano, the former boss, had been murdered outside a Manhattan steak house. Gotti was eventually indicted for his involvement in Castellano’s murder.
Just shy of his 10th year of incarceration, Gotti passed away due to throat cancer on June 10, 2002.