Sammy Gravano is in Arizona, where he’s married with children and owns a business. He was also on the show Mob Wives, and has a book out called Underboss. He reportedly makes between $2 million and $3 million a year from his business ventures, book sales and his Cosa Nostra past.
Gravano was a mob underboss who admitted to 19 killings and testified against Gambino family boss John Gotti. He was born on March 12, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. He attracted the attention of mafia bosses when he fought to reclaim his stolen bicycle in the Bensonhurst neighborhood. One of them remarked that he fought like a bull, giving him the nickname Sammy “The Bull” Gravano. He rose through the ranks of organized crime, using a variety of businesses, including bars and construction companies, as fronts for money laundering, loan sharking and extortion. He once said that he controlled Manhattan.
When Gravano was arrested in 2000, he was sentenced to nine years in prison on drug trafficking charges in New York and Arizona. He later pleaded guilty to the charges and was released early for good behavior. After his release, he moved to Arizona and entered the Witness Protection Program. He also got plastic surgery to make himself unrecognizable.
The 72-year-old is still in Arizona and enjoys spending time with his children, according to a statement from his attorney, Thomas Farinella. He didn’t reveal which prison facility released Gravano, and where he’s living now.