A Florida judge has sentenced Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari to life in prison without parole for the 2001 mob-style slaying of a prominent businessman who ran a fleet of gambling ships and founded the Miami Subs restaurant chain.
A jury this week recommended against the death penalty for the 56-year-old Ferrari in the shooting death of Konstaninos "Gus" Boulis, former chief of the SunCruz Casinos. Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes said Thursday she would not override that recommendation.
Testimony showed that Ferrari and Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello plotted to have Boulis killed by a mob hit man in a battle for control of the SunCruz fleet. Moscatiello allegedly has ties to the Gambino crime family.
Moscatiello got a mistrial when his attorney became ill and will be retried.