FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- Florida prosecutors are urging a jury to recommend the death penalty for Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello for orchestrating a 2001 mob hit on a prominent businessman.
Prosecutor Gregg Rossman said at a hearing Wednesday that the 76-year-old Moscatiello coldly planned the fatal shooting of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis during a dispute over the SunCruz Casinos fleet of lucrative gambling ships. Evidence showed Boulis was shot by a hit man hired by Moscatiello, a reputed member of New York's Gambino crime family.
Moscatiello's lawyers want jurors to recommend life in prison. Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes will make the final decision.
Moscatiello was convicted of murder in July. Co-defendant Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari was previously found guilty and is serving a life sentence.
Boulis also founded the Miami Subs restaurant chain.