The trouble continues for Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo and his brother, Christopher, as the two are being investigated in connection with the bludgeoning death of an alleged drug dealer named Anthony Sylvester.
Sylvester was beaten into unconsciousness — with a two-by-four embedded with nails, according to one police report — and left in a vacant lot in New York's Harlem neighborhood on October 20, 1993, according to The New York Post. He remained in a coma for eight months before being transferred to a hospice, where he remained for 10 years before passing on October 29, 2003.
The FBI recently gained new evidence and witnesses from New York police regarding the case and are reportedly aiming to go before a grand jury to obtain a murder charge for the Gotti brothers, who were indicted on money-laundering charges in January and released on a $1 million bond each (see "Irv Gotti Pleads Not Guilty, Released On $1 Million Bond").
"There is no case to take. This is fiction," the Gotti brothers' lawyer, Gerald Shargel, said Monday (April 18). "Whenever anyone reaches a position of prominence, they are targets. In the indictment charged against them, there wasn't a hint of guilt."
At press time, representatives for the FBI had not returned calls for comment.