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John Franzese
Mug shot of John Franzese taken after his arrest.
BornFebruary 6, 1917(1917-02-06)
Naples, Italy
DiedFebruary 24, 2020(2020-02-24) (aged 103)
New York City, U.S.
Conviction(s)Bank robbery (1967), extortion (2010), parole violations
PenaltyImprisonment of twelve years (1967), imprisonment of eight years (2010)
StatusIncarcerated at Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts
SpouseCristina Capobianco-Franzese
ParentsCarmine "The Lion" Franzese and Maria Corvola

John "Sonny" Franzese, Sr. (February 6, 1917[1] – February 24, 2020) was an Italian-American longtime member and underboss of the Colombo crime family. Franzese was famous as the oldest active member of the American Mafia. Franzese was an associate producer of the 2002 movie This Thing of Ours.[2]

Franzese was born in Naples and raised in New York City.

Franzese was released from the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts on June 23, 2017, at the age of 100.[3]

Franzese died on February 24, 2020, in a New York City hospital at the age of 103.[4]


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