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Gambino Crime Family

Florida agrees to release witness in federal mob trials

A top informant who federal prosecutors credit with leading to multiple arrests and indictments of organized crime figures won a bid Wednesday to be released early from prison.

Gov. Rick Scott and the three members of the Florida Cabinet, in a move that one elected official called "unprecedented," voted unanimously to cut short a 24-year sentence for Kevin William Bonner.

Bonner's been behind bars for a string of armed robberies of dry cleaning stores, but federal prosecutors said he was a crucial witness over a nine-year period in a series of cases that helped authorities in Florida, New York and New Jersey dismantle parts of the Gambino crime family.