Ercole Di Meo was convicted and given a life sentence in prison in 1995.
Jackie Aprile was named Acting Boss of the family by Di Meo, much to the chagrin of Junior Soprano.
The Newark area is depicted as an area of heavy activity during the family's early years.
The Sopranos were a key faction in the Di Meo crime family, running two separate crews led by Johnny Boy and Junior, and also had longstanding ties with the five New York Families (particularly the Lupertazzi crime family).
Uncle Junior and Tony were, at that point, at each other's throats because Junior plotted to have a rival, Gennaro "Little Pussy" Malanga, killed in Malanga's favorite restaurant, Vesuvio, a restaurant owned by Tony's childhood friend Artie Bucco.
Tony foiled Junior's plans by ordering Silvio Dante to set fire to Artie's restaurant to prevent the hit from happening.
An assassination attempt on Tony was made, but Tony luckily escaped with just an injury to the ear, leaving one hitman dead when the other accidentally shoots him while aiming at Tony.
The FBI revealed to Tony that his mother's retirement home was bugged and let Tony listen to the tapes in a failed attempt to get him to flip.The tapes revealed that the assassination attempt was concocted by Junior and made it sound like his mother was in on it, too.In retaliation, Tony ordered the deaths of key members of Junior's crew: soldier Chucky Signore, consigliere Mikey "Grab Bag" Palmice, and acting capo (after Junior's arrest) Phillip "Philly Spoons" Parisi.Junior Soprano was spared when he was indicted by the federal government, along with underboss Joseph "Beppy" Sasso and capo Lawrence "Larry Boy" Barese, and because Tony wished to keep him as the lightning rod that took the hits for the Family.Tony then took over virtually all of Junior's business and became the Boss of the now renamed Soprano Crime Family.It was assumed that Junior would take over when Di Meo died or went to prison since he was one of the oldest and senior mobsters in the Di Meo family.