Florida Agrees to Release Witness in Federal Mob Trials

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A top informant in federal organized crime trials has won a bid to be released from prison with the help of Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida officials.

Scott and members of the Cabinet on Wednesday voted to cut short a 24-year sentence for Kevin William Bonner at urging of federal prosecutors.

Bonner has been in jail for 18 years for a string of armed robberies but he helped authorities in a string of cases including ones pursued against John “Junior” Gotti, the son of one of the most notorious mobsters in the United States.

Bonner has been serving his state sentence in federal prisons. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Trezevant told the governor that Bonner would be placed in a federal witness protection program once he’s released.

 

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