Former organized crime boss passed away
Former organized crime boss Lenny Strollo has passed away.
Strollo's testimony, for a reduced sentence, helped the FBI convict over 70 corrupt elected officials including prosecutors, judges, law directors and people in positions of power in the Mahoning Valley.
Strollo was also convicted of ordering the Christmas Eve hit on the newly elected Mahoning Prosecutor Paul Gains back in 1996.
Shooting Gains was a result of the prosecutor elect's refusal to cooperate with the mob.
Strollo received a sentence of 13 years in prison for racketeering, bribery, and money laundering.
Paul Gains who survived the mob shooting tells WFMJ Strollo sent him a letter and apologized almost 20 years ago.
Gains extends his condolences to Strollo's family.
"It's the end of an era in valley history. Thank God his organization has been abandoned" added Gains.
The prosecutor believes the demise of the mob began when judges and lawyers started fixing cases for drug dealers, which led to more and more murders and violent crimes.
Strollo was released in 2008 and lived with his family until his passing at the age of 90.