Peter Gotti will die in prison after judge rejects plea for early release

Peter Gotti will die behind bars because he’s not sick enough to warrant early release, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Manhattan federal court judge Colleen McMahon issued the decree following multiple requests from lawyers for the ex-Gambino boss that he be sprung from jail early due to illness.

“I have no doubt whatever that Gotti — who has the burden of showing that ‘extraordinary and compelling reasons’ to reduce his sentence exist — has established that he suffers from a plethora of serious, debilitating, and progressive medical conditions,” McMahon wrote. “However, he has not shown that he has a terminal illness or a serious physical or medical condition that has substantially diminished his ability to provide self-care within the environment of a correctional facility.”

“Many of Gotti’s claimed conditions are heart or lung conditions, which, according to the BOP, are adequately treated and monitored,” the jurist’s ruling read.

Lawyers for the 80-year-old have repeatedly insisted he’s on his deathbed, suffering from an enlarged prostate, gastric reflux and early onset dementia. So far, he’s served 17 years of a 25-year sentence for racketeering.

McMahon also sided with prosecutors that Gotti continued to pose a danger to the community, despite claims from his lawyers that the sickly wiseguy was incapable of violence and is a changed man. 

“Gotti headed one of the most vicious and violent organized crime organizations in New York for a period of years,” MacMahon wrote. “I reject the notion that Gotti is no longer a threat to the community. The danger posed by a Gambino Family leader like Gotti is not that he will personally engage in acts of violence, but that he can command others to do so.”

A lawyer for Gotti did not immediately return a message.

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