March 6, 2009 / 8:22 PM / 10 years ago

NY police get life sentences for killing for mafia

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two retired New York detectives were sentenced to life in prison on Friday after being convicted of murdering for the mafia.

Former New York police detectives Louis Eppolito (L) and Stephen Caracappa in a combination image. REUTERS/Seth Wenig

Former detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa were sentenced in Brooklyn federal court after they were convicted in 2006 of working for New York’s Luchese crime family when they worked for the city’s police department.

A federal jury found Eppolito, 61, and Caracappa, 67, guilty of racketeering and conspiracy, which included their roles in 11 murders or attempted murders.

During the trial prosecutors said Caracappa and Eppolito used their police cars and badges to stop or kidnap unsuspecting victims and that mob bosses routinely boasted it was easy to rub out enemies because they had two detectives on the payroll for $4,000 a month apiece.

They were also convicted of providing members of the Luchese family with the names of organized crime informants.

Both men served on the New York Police Department for more than 20 years before retiring to Las Vegas.

Editing by Michelle Nichols and Mohammad Zargham

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