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  • Benedetto Spera is a member of the Sicilian Mafia and the boss of the Belmonte Mezzagno Mafia family and the mandamento of Misilmeri in the province of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. He was convicted in absentia for the killing of the two prominent anti-mafia judges Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone by car bomb, receiving life sentences. Spera was born in Belmonte Mezzagno, near Palermo. His first conviction in the 1950s was for illegally pasturing his sheep. Later, he made a lot of money from the skimming of public works contracts. Spera was a member of the Sicilian Mafia Commission as an ally to the Corleonesi and became one of the most trusted advisors of Bernardo Provenzano. Spera became part of a "directorate" that ruled Cosa Nostra after since the mid-1990s and was established by Provenzano. This group "of about four to seven people met very infrequently, only when necessary, when there were strategic decisions to make."

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