Bartolomeo “Bobby” Versace has been sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years for the murder of two Queens bar owners back in 1981. A captain in the Gambino crime family and once a member of the families ruling panel Versace has a long and violent past inside the mafia. Prosecutors claimed that the murders of John D’Agnese and Richard Godkin back in 1981 when Versace was but a mafia associate helped to up his standing with in the crime family. Back in the 1990’s Bartolomeo was able to beat the rap during a state trial back in the 1990’s but his violent past has finally caught up to him.
Defense lawyers in the case filed motions to have the case thrown out after it was discovered that the key witness in the trial for the prosecution Francesco Fiordilino was committing crimes while inside the witness protection program. But the Judge said that the defendant would not have been acquitted even if the jury had known about the evidence against Fiordilino and lowered the boom on Versace with a max sentence.
Michael Vernace the brother of Bobby Glasses as he is also known on streets stormed out of the courthouse calling the judge a piece of s— and that the sentence was a travesty. Vernace defense attorneys Joseph DiBenedetto and Charles Carnesi said that they plan to appeal.