Mob agent Louis Eppolito dies: Ex-NYPD detective who was a contract killer for the Lucchese crime family in New York dies at the age of 71 while being sentenced to life imprisonment for murder
- Louis Eppolito died on Sunday at the age of 71 during a life sentence for murder
- His wife, Frances Ann Eppolito, said the former agent & # 39; worthy & # 39; died in the hospital
- Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, 75, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2006 for murder murders
Louis Eppolito died in the hospital with dignity and caring people around him, his wife confirmed. He was 71
A former NYPD investigator who was involved in at least eight contract murders for a crime family in New York died on Sunday during a life sentence in federal prison.
Louis Eppolito was convinced in 2006 of murder and other accusations alongside fellow agent Stephen Caracappa. He had served a life sentence in the American prison in Tucson.
He died in the hospital with dignity and caring people around him, said his wife, Frances Ann Eppolito, the New York Post. He was 71.
His daughter, Andrea Eppolito-Fisher, wrote on Facebook that her father & # 39; peaceful in his sleep & # 39; died, although a cause of death was not immediately known.
& # 39; My father, Louis John Eppolito, died peacefully in his sleep at 9:03 pm & # 39 ;, she wrote. & # 39; He died as if he were living, on his own terms, as a hunter. And I will miss him and love him forever & # 39 ;.
Eppolito and Caracappa were arrested in 2005 by officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Prosecutors said the couple had been involved in at least eight contract murders for the Lucchese substandard Anthony Casso family between 1986 and 1990.
The detectives were accused of having committed two of those murders themselves.
In other countries, they made traffic stops that ended with the murder of the driver, and another time they kidnapped a victim and handed him over to Casso, the prosecutors said.
Louis Eppolito (left) was convinced of murder and other accusations in 2006 alongside fellow agent Stephen Caracappa (right), and served life in the American prison in Tucson
Evidence was shown that Caracappa and Eppolito, who took part in the classic Mafia movie GoodFellas, abducted an FBI informant, stopped his car and took him to a parking garage where he was shot and buried in the head. The body of the informant was only found in 2005.
The crime of the Mafia cost the city heavy in civil cases brought by the families of their victims.
In 2010, the city paid $ 9.9 million to a man who spent 19 years behind bars after new evidence came to light that Eppolito and Caracappa had framed him to kill a prostitute.
Lucchese crime family under boss Anthony Casso (photo) paid the two investigators $ 4,000 a month for police information
In 2015, New York paid $ 5 million to Nicholas Guido's family, who was brutally shot outside his mother's house on Christmas Day after being mistaken for a gangster of the same name.
She ran outside to the car and found her 26-year-old son behind the wheel, she testified in 2006 of Eppolito and Caracappa against racket.
& # 39; I started touching his hand and he must have just died, & # 39; she said. & # 39; His fingertips were cold. & # 39;
Guido & # 39; s murderers confused him with an enemy of Casso, the crowd of landlords, who paid the two investigators $ 4,000 a month for internal police information.
In one case, the two agents received $ 65,000 to perform a contract murder, the prosecutors said.
On conviction, the pair insisted that they were innocent and taken to the railroad in the case.
Caracappa died in April 2017 while in detention at a federal medical facility in Butner, North Carolina, according to federal records. He was 75.
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