The verdict, coming 20 years after their first victim, Israel Greenwald, was gunned down in a parking garage and 13 months after both defendants, Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, were arrested at the coat check of a Nevada restaurant, brought to a close a trial that stretched from the gangland prefectures of southern Brooklyn to the palm-lined subdivisions of Las Vegas.
It was a somber, if not entirely unexpected, end for the two retired detectives, who both face life in prison and will be sentenced at a hearing scheduled for May 22. They joined the police force in 1969 and, after rising in its ranks — Mr. Eppolito to second-grade detective in the 63rd Precinct and Mr. Caracappa to the elite major case squad — entered into a blood tie, so the jury found, with a murderous Brooklyn gangster, Anthony Casso, the No. 2 man in the Luchese crime family.
Working with an aging, arthritic marijuana dealer who met them secretly with Mr. Casso’s orders at a Staten Island graveyard and at highway rest stops on Long Island, the two men took nearly $375,000, over six years, to act as Mr. Casso’s executioners.