He gave control of his crew over to his younger brother, Jackie Aprile.
Ercole Di Meo was convicted and given a life sentence in prison in 1995.
The unrest of 1983 is hardly referenced, but it was a historical time for the family.
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 foiled Junior's plans by ordering Silvio Dante to set fire to Artie's restaurant to prevent the hit from happening.
Also, Tony's nephew, Christopher Moltisanti and his associate Brendan Filone, were hijacking trucks from Comley Trucking, a business that paid protection to Junior.
Jackie Aprile was named Acting Boss of the family by Di Meo, much to the chagrin of Junior Soprano.
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.
Ercole Di Meo is believed to have been the first official boss, although according to the book, The Sopranos Family History by Allen Rucker and David Chase, there was an earlier boss named Alfano, but he is never mentioned in the series.