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The group was suspected of pulling off the notorious 1978 airport heist that inspired Martin Scorsese's 1990 Academy Award-winning film 'Goodfellas.' That million heist remains one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in the United States.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's New York office said agents had arrested about 20 people on Wednesday in an organized crime bust.
Critics say it does not always adequately sedate prisoners, potentially causing undue suffering.
The state carried out its first execution since 2005 last Thursday, putting convicted murderer Ledell Lee to death at its Cummins Unit, near Varner, Arksansas.
Meldish, who was found with a gunshot wound to his head in his car, did jobs for the Lucchese family.
They are also accused of attempting to kill a member of the Bonanno crime family in 2012 after showing disrespect to Lucchese bosses.
We know what they are going through but ours is a pain that we have decided not to try and cure by seeking an execution,' Kayla Greenwood wrote.'His execution will not bring my father back or return to us what has been taken, but it will cause additional suffering.'She said her family, upon learning that Williams has a daughter as well as a granddaughter whom he's never met, bought the pair plane tickets to Arkansas so they could visit him one last time.
They even picked up the woman and child at the airport and drove them to the prison.
Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson released a statement, saying: 'The long path of justice ended tonight and Arkansans can reflect on the last two weeks with confidence that our system of laws in this state has worked.'Carrying out the penalty of the jury in the Kenneth Williams case was necessary. Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson (seen in the above January 2017 file photo) released a statement, saying: 'The long path of justice ended tonight and Arkansans can reflect on the last two weeks with confidence that our system of laws in this state has worked'Hours ahead of his execution, Greenwood's daughter sent a letter to Hutchinson asking the governor to spare the life of her father's killer.'We are in no way asking you to ignore the pain felt by the victims of Mr Williams' other crimes.A man put to death in Arkansas over the murder of a cheerleader and two others was left lurching and convulsing on the execution gurney before he died.Kenneth Williams, 38, was given the lethal injection on Thursday after legal motions delayed the procedure for more than two hours.In 2005, he also confessed to killing Jerrell Jenkins. The state had initially held off on executing Williams, who was scheduled to die at 7pm, as officials awaited word from the high court.His death brought Arkansas' execution spree to an end.
He came upon Cecil Boren, 57, on his farm not far from the prison, shot and killed the man and stole his truck.