Officials said on Wednesday that this is just one incident in a growing trend of gangs recruiting children to help carry out crimes. According to the National Institute of Justice, the vast majority of people who join gangs do so between the ages of 11 and 15.
One-time Rizzuto mobster Raynald Desjardins has pleaded guilty to the 2011 murder of former Bonanno boss Salvatore Montagna as reported by Paul Cherry for The Montreal Gazette. Desjardins led an insurgency backed by the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia for control over the Montreal underworld -- basically the drug trade -- while Sicilian boss Vito Rizzuto was imprisoned, and Montagna was allied with Desjardin's breakaway group until the relationship soured. Several hoodlums were killed during the pissing match between the two factions including Rizzuto's son Nick Jr. in 2009 and family patriarch Nicolo in 2010. Such is the life.
A jury in Miami, FL has convicted Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello in the 2001 murder of South Florida businessman and Miami Subs founder Gus Boulis as reported by John Turchin for WPLG: "prosecutors said Moscatiello is a member of New York's Gambino crime family who ordered Boulis killed by a mob hit man in a dispute over control of Boulis' SunCruz Casinos boat fleet." Co-defendant Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari was convicted in October 2013, and co-defendant-turned-government-witness James "Pudgy" Fiorillo pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2012. Investigators suspect that Moscatiello had ties to Gambino boss John Gotti, and believe the triggerman in the Boulis slaying was mob associate John Gurino. Gotti died of throat cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence, and Gurino was slain in 2003 by Boca Raton deli owner Ralph Liotta.