Imprisoned mobster Carmine Persico ‘The Snake’ dead at age 85

NEW YORK — The longtime boss of the infamous Colombo crime family, Carmine “the Snake” Persico, has died at the age of 85.

Longtime mob boss Carmine “The Snake” Persico died at 85 on Thursday, his attorney Benson Weintraub confirmed.Credit: Yvonne Hemsey/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Persico died on Thursday at the Duke University Medical Center, according to his attorney, Benson Weintraub. He had been serving what was effectively a life sentence at a federal prison in Butner, North...

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