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John Franzese

Mug shot of John Franzese taken after his arrest.
Born February 6, 1917(1917-02-06)
Naples, Italy
Died February 23, 2020(2020-02-23) (aged 103)
New York, U.S.
Alias(es) "Sonny"
Conviction(s) Bank robbery (1967), extortion (2010), parole violations
Penalty Imprisonment of twelve years (1967), imprisonment of eight years (2010)
Status Incarcerated at Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts
Spouse Cristina Capobianco-Franzese
Parents Carmine "The Lion" Franzese and Maria Corvola
Children 7

John "Sonny" Franzese, Sr. (February 6, 1917[1] – February 23, 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 23, 2020 at a nursing home in upstate New York at the age of 103.[4]


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