John ‘Junior’ Gotti is home for Christmas. That’s thanks to the jurors who declared his most recent trial a mistrial on Dec. 1.
On Friday, Gotti invited all 12 jurors to his Oyster Bay mansion for Christmas dinner with his wife and six children, according to the New York Daily News.
"My door's open if they want to come," Gotti said to the Daily News. "But we don't even know who they are. It was an anonymous jury."
Gotti spent 16 months in jail this year on charges of mob racketeering and murder. He faced life in prison if he had been convicted.
During the trial, a federal prosecutor denounced Gotti, 45, as a drug kingpin and "violent street thug" who became "street boss" of the Gambino crime family, mocking the claim that he quit the mob.
"He did it for two reasons - personal power and to make money," prosecutor Jay Trezevant told the Manhattan federal jury in a three-hour summation. "This defendant has lived the Mafia life since the early 1980s. He has made millions, and he has never, never quit that life."
Gotti's lawyer cast the prosecution witnesses as a parade of liars and criminals - headed by star informant John Alite, the former Gotti pal and lieutenant - who were all seeking leniency by offering to falsely implicate Gotti.
Gotti is the son of the late Gambino family boss John J. Gotti. He was tried three times for racketeering in 2005 and 2006, but each trial ended in a hung jury.