James 'Pudgy' Fiorillo sentenced to time served in mobster murder case
Fiorillo released after serving 6 1/2 years in prison
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man who allegedly has ties to the Gambino crime family was formally sentenced to time served Friday for his role in the murder of Miami Subs founder Gus Boulis.
As part of the deal, Fiorillo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. He has served 6 1/2 years in prison and has since been released.
Fiorillo said there isn't a day that he doesn't fear for his life.
"(It was) a time period (when I was) down and out on my luck," Fiorillo told Local 10 News crime specialist John Turchin. "(There was) nowhere to go. (I was) living on the street and, you know, I thought there were people out there that could help, and in turn, they wanted to hurt. I'm just glad it's a good result at the end of the day."
Fiorillo even received a compliment by the prosecutor.
"He has become a solid citizen," assistant state attorney Brian Cavanagh said.
Fiorillo is now married with a child and is a manager at a car dealership.
Moscatiello, who was convicted of orchestrating the 2001 hit on Boulis, faces the death penalty or life in prison when he is sentenced in September. Ferrari was sentenced in December 2013 to life in prison.
Fiorillo took the stand in each trial, claiming he was ordered to get rid of the murder weapon after Boulis' was cornered in his vehicle while leaving his Fort Lauderdale office and was fatally shot.
He said he threw the gun off a bridge in Miami Beach.
"(I) veered off to the right-hand side where the body of water was, went to the edge and threw it in as far as I could," Fiorillo said during Moscatiello's trial.
Fiorillo has denied being the gunman. Witnesses pinned the shooting on John "J.J." Gurino, was later killed in a dispute with a Boca Raton delicatessen owner.
According to prosecutors, Boulis was ordered to be killed after he tried to retake control of the SunCruz Casinos boat fleet after selling it in a fraudulent deal to businessman Adam Kidan and his partner, former Washington powerhouse lobbyist, Jack Abramoff.
Prosecutors said Kidan paid Moscatiello thousands of dollars a month to handle security and other issues, including the use of Moscatiello's alleged mob ties for protection.
Abramoff and Kidan both pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges and served prison time in the $147.5 million purchase of SunCruz from Boulis.
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