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Convicted racketeer released from Florence

Published On: Oct 05 2012 04:31:56 PM CDT
FLORENCE, Colo. -

A man alleged to have once been a powerful figure in Montreal's mafia has been released from a federal prison in Florence after serving half of a 10-year sentence in a racketeering case.

Vito Rizzuto was released from FCI Florence prison early Friday.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2007 to racketeering charges related to three Mafia murders. Rizzuto was given credit for time served and good behavior.

He was accused of participating in the fatal shootings at a Brooklyn social club in May 1981 of three captains of the Bonanno crime family.

Many of Rizzuto's alleged associates have been arrested during his time in prison and his father and son were both killed.

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