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Anthony Casso is a member of the Lucchese crime family who was the first major crime boss to be kicked out of the witness protection program.
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In 1997, the authorities ended their agreement with Casso, citing that he had broken many conditions of the leniency deal. He has the dubious distinction of being the first major crime boss to be kicked out of the witness protection program. The following year, Casso was sentenced to 13 consecutive life sentences. He made several attempts to appeal this decision, but he had no luck.
Casso gave an interview to 60 Minutes in 1998, talking about his life of crime and his association with retired NYPD detectives Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito. The government, however, had no interest in using Casso to convict the two corrupt cops. Instead they got Casso's associate Burt Kaplan to testify about the pair's criminal activities in 2006. Kaplan had acted as Casso's middle man in his dealings with Caracappa and Eppolito.
Still making waves, Casso sent a letter regarding former NYPD detectives Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito around the time of their trial. Casso now claimed that the pair were innocent of the charges he had previously fingered them on. Unfortunately for Caracappa and Eppolito, no one believed Casso's change of heart. The two former cops were convicted of racketeering in 2006. Their convictions were later thrown out by a judge, but they were reinstated on appeal. Caracappa and Eppolito both received life in prison for their crimes.
Currently serving several life sentences, Casso will not likely ever set foot outside of prison again. He resides at the Supermax prison within the Florence Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. Casso sits in jail alongside such other notorious criminals as fellow mobster Sammy "the Bull" Gravano and Theodore Kaczynski ("The Unibomber").
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