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Fisherman sent to life in prison for role in Mafia bombings

Cosimo D'Amato supplied explosives used in 1990s

Fisherman sent to life in prison for role in Mafia bombings

(see related stories) Florence, May 23 - A fisherman on Thursday was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role supplying explosives for Mafia massacres in Rome, Florence and Milan 20 years ago. Sicilian fisherman Cosimo D'Amato, 68, was convicted on testimony from a former mafia member Gaspare Spatuzza. D'Amato, who is from Palermo, now faces civil actions from the families of the victims. He is also being probed for a role in supplying the dynamite used in a massive explosion that killed anti-Mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo, and three bodyguards in May 1992. That explosion occurred on the motorway near the town of Capaci near Sicily's regional capital. Falcone and his friend and anti-Mafia partner Paolo Borsellino are considered national heroes. The 21st anniversary of Falcone's murder was marked with ceremonies in Palermo Thursday. Police say that D'Amato recovered large amounts of TNT, later used in several mafia bombings, from World War II remains. D'Amato is related to other members of the mafia involved in the Falcone and Borsellino slayings.

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