Thursday, April 13, 2017

'Mafia Cop' Caracappa dies in prison

Former New York City police detective Stephen Caracappa, 75, serving a life sentence for his moonlighting work with the Lucchese Crime Family, died in the Butner, NC, federal detection center on April 8, 2017, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

Caracappa (right) and his partner Louis Eppolito were sentenced in March 2009 for their involvement in organized crime murders and attempted murders, as well as racketeering and conspiracy. Known as "Mafia Cops," Caracappa and Eppolito were first convicted in 2006 of conspiring with Lucchese big shot Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso. The trial judge threw out the verdict, deciding that the statute of limitations on their more serious crimes had expired. In September 2008, a federal appeals court reinstated the convictions.

The cause of Caracappa's death was not revealed. In 2016, within a Caracappa request for a compassionate release, the former detective stated that he was suffering from cancer.

Louis Eppolito is confined in a high-security penitentiary in Tucson, AZ, according to the report.

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