Gambino crime family leader is slain in New York

Thursday, March 14, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A man said by federal prosecutors to have been a top leader of New York's Gambino crime family was shot and killed Wednesday on Staten Island. Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds at his home.

Cali was pronounced dead at a hospital at about 9 p.m. There have been no arrests.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian Mafia. Multiple press accounts since 2015 said Cali had ascended to the top spot in the gang.

His only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.

The last crime family boss to be shot in New York City was Paul Castellano in 1985.