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The feds say they have uncovered a jailhouse plot by the Latin Kings to kill a witness set to testify against John A. (Junior) Gotti.
A federal prosecutor in Tampa insisted Thursday the government is not suggesting that Gotti was involved in the "contract to terminate on sight" the unidentified witness.
Still, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Trezevant argued in court papers that Gotti's racketeering trial should not be moved from Tampa to New York because the Mafia scion "has personally and directly engaged in elaborate jury tampering efforts in other jurisdictions."
The prosecutor said shortly after Gotti and several Gambino crime family associates were indicted in Tampa, officials intercepted a note on a rag and a letter in a local jail.
The rag contained the message "Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation," and the note stated, "the [terminate on sight] is in lockdown now. How iz u gunna get to him now?! We know hes locked up in Pine County. Pep in da street is payin good to get the job done. So finish that [terminate on sight] ASAP."
Gotti's lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.
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