John Burke was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for the 1991 murder of Bruce John Gotterup and the 1996 murder of John Gebert but the drug dealing Gambino mobster was unphased by the heavy term because he has the joy, joy, joy, joy down in his heart as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News:
"I'm happy with myself…My sentence won't shake me," Burke added. "My foundation's built on a rock and that rock is Jesus."
Burke now certainly will have plenty of time for reading scripture and prayful reflection about his life on the streets.
Federal prosecutor Evan Norris "said there was no way to sugarcoat Burke's life on New York's streets in the 1980s and 1990s," and wasn't buying his born again claim as reported by Mitchel Maddux for the New York Post: "John Burke devoted his entire adult life to the Mafia . . . He is unremorseful and unrepentant."
Former Junior Gotti pal John Alite who copped to his role in the Gotterup slaying and became a government witness was prepared to speak on behalf of the victim's widow but she "had changed her mind about him reading a statement because she felt it would become a distraction to the proceeding, sources said."