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Vincent Basciano, former head of the Bonanno crime family

Former mob boss Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano is one step closer to death row.

A federal appeals court gunned down the glamorous gangster’s request to toss some of the charges from the current indictment against him on a double-jeopardy argument, clearing the way for his death penalty case to proceed.

Basciano’s lawyers argued that he had already been tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for running the Bonanno family’s illegal gambling operation, extortion shake-downs and murders.

The feds socked him again in 2005 with another racketeering indictment while he was in prison awaiting trial on those charges, for running the crime family from behind bars, including ordering the hit on wiseguy Ralph “Randy” Pizzolo.

Basciano wanted to increase his power over the family by making an example of Pizzolo, who had botched a construction job, according to the feds.

“You want to know why? Because he is a f—–g dangerous kid that don’t f—–g listen. I thought this kid would have been a good wake-up call for everybody,” Gorgeous was recorded saying on an FBI phone tap.

Pizzolo was found shot multiple times on Nov. 30, 2004, in an industrial section of Williamsburg, with his car running and $1,000 in his wallet.

The mobster’s lawyers claimed that these charges amounted to double jeopardy and should be dismissed.

The appellate judges agreed, in part, about the racketeering charge against Basciano, and tossed one count of the indictment that had already been decided in the previous trial.

However, the judges decided that Pizzolo’s murder was a fresh act and could proceed to trial