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Step-grandmom begs judge for leniency for John Gotti grandson

November 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Step-grandmom begs judge for leniency for John Gotti grandson

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A mob scion’s step-grandmother is pleading to a federal judge in Brooklyn to give the man the minimum sentence so he won’t become a hardened criminal behind bars.

John J. Gotti, who has the same name with his late, notorious Gambino boss grandfather John Gotti is up for sentencing on a charge of arson.

Elyse Lottier, 63, was the stepmother of Tricia Gotti — John J. Gotti’s mother — until 2000. Despite divorcing Tricia’s father, John Radicem, Lottier told Judge Allyne Ross that “Tricia, her husband Peter and her children have remained an integral part of my life.”

The woman begged the judge for leniency, saying she loved the man as if he were her “flesh and blood.”

“John knows what he did was wrong and understands that what he did got him to where he is. I think he knows that some things need to change,” Lottier wrote in a letter.

John J. Gotti, who shares a name with his late, powerful Gambino boss grandfather, is up for sentencing on an arson charge as soon as November.

In a statement to the Daily News, she referred to John as “a good boy who got into some trouble” and was concerned whether “having the name Gotti could work against him.”

In June, Gotti confessed that he was the getaway driver on a tough guy task to torch a car in Queens whose driver had cut off the “Goodfellas” mobster Vinny Asaro in traffic back in 2012, The New York Daily  News reported.

Prosecutors said the Bonnano capo was seeking revenge for the traffic incident and told an associate to light the car ablaze. The associate assigned Gotti and another man with the task.

The charges carry a five-year minimum and a 20-year maximum sentence. Gotti, in his plea, also stipulated to his participation as a driver in a bank heist in 2012.

In addition to federal time, Gotti will also serve an eight-year state sentence he was issued in March for dealing oxycodone in Queens.

According to Lottier, the young man’s encounter with the law could be divine intervention, and part of that was up to the judge.

She asked for a light sentence “so that his time is an opportunity for him to turn his life around and it does not make him hardened and institutionalized.”

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