Former mafia hitman Salvatore Gravano aka “Sammy the Bull” has been released from federal prison after serving most of a 20-year sentence for drug-related convictions in New York and Arizona, NBC reported.
Salvatore Gravano got released from the state prison system last year but was incarcerated federally until recently, and he would be on federal parole for the rest of his life. According to Arizona Department of Corrections.
The attorney, Thomas Farinella said his 72-year-old client was released Monday, but wouldn’t disclose where he served his time or where Gravano plans to live now that he is a free man.
“He’s very upbeat and very positive,” Farinella said from his New York office. “It’s been almost 18 years. A lot has changed. It takes a little bit of getting used to. He is trying to figure out what he wants to do and he is in no hurry.”
Gravano was a former underboss of the Gambino crime family and confessed to involvement in 19 murders. Later on, mafia hitman became a government informant in 1991 and helped authorities bring down 39 gangsters, including the mafia family’s boss John Gotti by testifying against him in the court.
According to a plea agreement, Gravano got a five-year prison sentence and moved to Arizona in 1994 under the federal witness protection program. He left the federal program the following year, began giving magazine and television interviews, wrote the book “Underboss” in 1997 and was involved in an Italian restaurant business and swimming pool installation company in the Phoenix Arizona.
Gravano was arrested in 2000 together with his wife, son, and daughter, in connection with a large Ecstasy trafficking ring in Arizona that authorities said made them about half a million per week. He was charged with buying 40,000 Ecstasy pills from a drug gang in New York.
Gravano pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in New York and Arizona in 2001 and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison with an expected release date of March 8, 2019.
His attorney said Gravano “was a model inmate” while imprisoned and “did things to improve himself in various programs without any issues.”