Even Stevie Wonder could see that mobster Peter Gotti is a changed man, his lawyers claimed Tuesday.
The off-color comment came as attorneys for the former Gambino acting boss continue attempts to spring their ailing client from prison on compassionate release 17 years into his 25-year sentence.
“He is a very sick old man who simply wants to die, when the time comes, at home,” wrote the 79-year-old’s lawyer James Craven.
“And not to make light of a very serious matter, we submit that Stevie Wonder could see that Peter Gotti is now as dangerous as he looks,” the filing says, referring to the blind, Grammy Award-winning musician. “He is truly a changed man in so many ways. We should be thankful for that.”
Meanwhile feds maintain that Gotti — brother of the infamous “Teflon Don” John Gotti — is still a danger to the community.
Prosecutors argue that Gotti’s litany of illnesses — including an enlarged prostate, gastric reflux and early onset dementia — won’t impede his ability to order hits or carry out other crime family business.
A judge has yet to rule on the motion.
Gotti is serving out his sentence in a North Carolina federal prison. His release is scheduled for 2032.
Wonder could not immediately be reached for comment.
This article was originally posted here