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Former Tampa Mobster Avoids Additional Prison Time, In Witness Protection

Kevin McMahon, client of The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand, was convicted of racketeering four years ago but was recently sentenced to time served and five years of probation as a result of substantial cooperation with investigators. Because of the information McMahon provided, he is now participating in the federal witness protection program.

McMahon testified in New York against John A. Gotti, son of the infamous Gambino crime family boss. He also provided information on hit man Charles Carneglia, formerly a very close friend. McMohon ultimately gave authorities information on dozens of other reputed mobsters, even admitting his own participation in a New York mob murder.

"This defendant provided a ton of information that was all verified and cross-verified," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Trezevant. McMahon, he said, pulled back the curtain, allowing federal investigators to see more clearly into the Gambino world.

In addition to the Tampa sentence, McMahon also received a time-served sentence in New York after pleading guilty to racketeering there.

McMahon is now part of the witness protection program. He will live under a new name in a new place, unable to see his wife and two daughters, who are not ready to join him.

McMahon fell in with the Gambino family very early in his life. His mother and her boyfriend killed his father. His grandmother kicked him out of the house at age 10. Carneglia took him in and ultimately turned him into a Gambino family foot soldier in his early teen years.

In 2006, McMahon was tried and convicted in Tampa for being part of a crew run by Ronald "Ronnie One Arm" Trucchio. The crew committed crimes in New York, New Jersey and Florida. Trucchio and Carneglia are serving life in federal prison. The younger Gotti walked after a hung jury and prosecutors did not re-try him.

McMahon faced up to 20 years in prison for the Florida charge and for the New York charge.

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