Notorious killer, and mob boss Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, was released from an Arizona prison five years early. The 72-year-old turncoat ratted out John Gotti (“Dapper Don”) and 36 other mafia associates in exchange for a light sentence and government protection.
During the multiple proceedings, Gravano admitted to the murders of 19 people but served less than five years in prison. Gotti received a life sentence but died in prison in 2002. After entering the government’s Witness Protection Program, Gravano left to promote a book, “Underboss,” he co-wrote with Peter Maas.
The informant would not remain law-abiding for long—Gravano was convicted in 2002 for running an ecstasy drug ring and sentenced to 20 years in prison, a term he has now been released early from. He is likely to remain on parole for the rest of his life.
Perhaps one of the most-well known snitches in the mafia world, Gravano was born in 1945 in Brooklyn, New York. He claimed to be an underboss in the Gambino crime family and snitched against other members of this organization, including his brother-in-law.
Gravano had lost his motion for early release a couple of years ago after a federal judge decided he had not demonstrated adequate remorse or that he was amicable to parole status. On balance, he remained, in the view of the court, a threat to public safety.
OUR FREE OPINION
Gravano did work as a capo and underboss to John Gotti from about 1985 to 1991. By his admission, he murdered around 19 people. He snitched himself out of a life sentence. The taxpayers paid for his witness protection that he abandoned.
Once on his own, he wasted no time slinging ecstasy, making approximately $500,000 a week, according to some reports. The damage to the end users of these toxic drugs is unmeasurable. Gravano is a man who can not be trusted to remain law abiding—he seems rotten (even to his associates—no honor among thieves—hey), to the core. He should have been required to serve his whole term of prison.