NYC mobster Vinny Gorgeous gets 2nd life term

July 20, 2011 - 3:14 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A notorious mobster already behind bars has received a second life sentence for ordering a gangland hit while taking control of a New York City crime family.

A federal judge sentenced Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano on Wednesday in Brooklyn.

The former acting boss of the Bonanno crime family was found guilty in May. The same jury decided to spare him the death penalty last month.

The government's case relied on the testimony of former Bonanno boss-turned-cooperator Joseph Massino.

Massino was the highest-ranking member of the city's five Italian crime families ever to take the witness stand for the government.

He had secretly recorded jailhouse conversations with Basciano about the hit that were played at trial.

Basciano once owned a Bronx hair salon called "Hello Gorgeous."