High-profile prisoners of the Metropolitan Correctional Center
2:38 PM EDT, Wed August 14, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York while awaiting trial on federal charges that he had sexually abused scores of girls, including some as young as 14. He was found unresponsive in his cell, and his apparent suicide is being investigated.
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Bernie Madoff, the disgraced financier convicted of carrying out the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, spent time at the Manhattan facility before being transferred to a North Carolina prison. He is serving a 150-year sentence.
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Mob boss John Gotti might be the most notorious inmate to have been housed at the correctional facility. An associate of the late mobster recently told the New York Post that Gotti would get his favorite steak delivered to him on the inside.
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Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's one-time campaign manager, was moved to the Manhattan facility in June. He was sentenced in March to seven-and-a-half years for federal tax fraud, bank fraud and foreign lobbying violations.
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Terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov stands stands accused of killing eight people and injuring 12 more after allegedly driving a pickup truck into a crowded Manhattan bike path in 2017. His trial is set for next March.
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Salvatore Gravano, the infamous mob hit man known as "Sammy the Bull," spent time in the Manhattan facility as far back as 1991. The once-loyal underboss to John Gotti later became a government witness. He was convicted in 2001 for dealing ecstasy after leaving the government's witness protection program; he was freed on parole in 2018, according to The Mob Museum.
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Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman stayed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center ahead of trial. He was convicted in federal court and later sent to the Supermax prison in Colorado.
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Convicted terrorist Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1998 bombings of two US Embassies in East Africa. As a wanted terrorist, he was housed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before being transferred to the facility in Manhattan. He was the first former Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in civilian court.