Jerome Asaro a reputed captain in the Bonanno crime family has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for his conviction on racketeering. The charges included the digging up and moving of the remains of former mob associate Paul Katz in the 1980’s. Katz was murdered back in 1969 by Jerome’s father and high ranking Bonanno mobster Vincent Asaro because he was suspected of being a rat by James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke.
The body of Katz was buried under the basement of a house in Queens when was killed until the 1980’s when Jerome moved the remains to an unknown location. But in 2013 the feds got tipped off and excavated the basement grave finding some remaining hair and bones in which they used DNA testing and positively identified Paul Katz.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Argentieri said that Jerome may not have killed Katz himself but he did help his father Vincent to get away with it. She said the mafia is a family business and that Jerome is now a third generation mobster with in the Bonanno family. Vincent Asaro is still awaiting trial for the murder of Katz along with his participation in the infamous Lufthansa Heist.