BREAKING: Old School Italian MOB BOSS Who Killed Over 50 Just Got RELEASED From Prison



Mob boss John “Sonny” Franzese, who reigned over the Colombo crime family’s Long Island rackets in the ’60s was released from prison today. At age 100,  he was the oldest inmate in the federal prison system.

Franzese was released from the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass., after being sentenced to eight years in prison in 2011 at age 93, according to Newsday. He was convicted of extorting Manhattan strip clubs and a pizzeria on Long Island. The ailing mobster has been reportedly confined to a wheelchair.


He was picked up by two men in a white Land Rover. He was dressed in a gray sweatshirt and appeared noticeably thinner than in the past.

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The embodiment of the Mafia’s tattered code of omerta, Franzese spent 35 years of a 50-year sentence for bank robbery behind bars.


“He’s one of a kind,” said Robert Lewicki, a retired FBI agent who persuaded Sonny’s son John Jr. Franzese to wear a wire against the mob in 2005. “There’s never been a guy like Sonny. There will never be another guy like Sonny, the last of a dying breed.”

In his prime, according to news accounts, Franzese had a financial interest in restaurants, topless bars, clubs, several record labels and even the classic porn film “Deep Throat.” He favored the traditional mob methods of making money — loan sharking and extortion.


Franzese was a big spender and a regular at the Copacabana nightclub, where he hobnobbed with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., Fox News reports.

Law enforcement officials suspect Franzese has killed or ordered the slaying of some 50 people.

Franzese lived a quiet life on Long Island, N.Y., with his family despite his criminal profession.

Franzese was convicted in 1967 of a bank robbery, sent to prison and paroled in the late 1970s. Though never convicted of another crime, authorities say he rose to second in command of the Colombos, one of New York’s five Italian crime families.

The mobster’s family claimed he never took part in the bank robberies.

“My father was who he was in my former life, but he was no bank robber,” Michael Franzese, the mob leader’s son said. “He was absolutely framed.”

Franzese was sentenced to 50 years for the bank robbery charge. He was offered a reduction if he lent out any information but the mobster did not. He ended up getting parole but went back to prison. The mobster has received parole up to six times but was sent back to prison after every one.

“I think it’s amazing that he stood up,” said Bernard Welsh, a former FBI agent who arrested Franzese several times on parole violations. “He never gave anybody up.”

He did his time, and is now facing life on the outside as a centenarian, having outlived virtually everyone else in the case that cost him a third of his life. Three of his co-defendants, his attorney and the judge who sentenced him in the bank-robbery case are all dead.

Ah, the good old days!

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