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Vincent 'Vinnie Gorgeous' Basciano, Mobster, Ordered Murder After Being Disrespected: Feds

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Joseph "Big Joey" Massino, the head of the Bonanno crime family for 14 years, is seen in this undated file photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Massino become the first family boss ever to turn cooperating witness. These days mob membership in key cities is dwindling, while the number of mob turncoats is soaring. | AP

NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors say a New York City mob boss purposefully ordered a hit on an associate because he had been disrespected.

Vincent "Vinnie Gorgeous" Basciano is on trial for capital murder, racketeering and other charges. He is already serving a life term for a conviction in a separate case and could face the death penalty if convicted on the new charges in the death of Randy Pizzolo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Frank said in closing arguments Monday that Basciano continued to run the Bonanno crime family from his prison cell.

The case relies heavily on conversations between Basciano and jailed mafia boss Frank Massino who secretly wore a wire. Massino was the highest-ranking New York mobster to testify against another of the same crime family.

Basciano's attorney says his client is innocent.