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Originally a mobster for the Colombo crime family, and later for the Brooklyn faction of the Gambino family, Gravano was part of the group that conspired to murder Gambino boss Paul Castellano in 1985. Gravano played a key role in planning and executing Castellano's murder, along with Gotti, Angelo Ruggiero, Frank DeCicco, and Joseph Armone.
Soon after Castellano's murder, Gotti elevated Gravano to underboss, a position Gravano held at the time he became a government witness. In 1991, Gravano agreed to turn state's evidence and testify for the prosecution against Gotti after hearing the boss making several disparaging remarks about Gravano on a wiretap that implicated them both in several murders. At the time, Gravano was the highest-ranking member of the Five Families to break his blood oath and cooperate with the government. As a result of his testimonies, Gotti and Frank Locascio were sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, in 1992. In 1994, a federal judge sentenced Gravano to five years in prison. However, since Gravano had already served four years, the sentence amounted to less than one year. He was released early and entered the U.S. federal Witness Protection Program in Arizona, but left the program in 1995.
originally posted by: PraetorianAZ
This guy I used to work with named "Lips" said that his Ecstasy supplier back in the 90's was Sammy the bull here in AZ. He would go to his house and there would be gallon zip lock bags full of Ecstasy in the freezers and everywhere. Apparently, he thought he was untouchable because of Witness Protection.
I never really knew who he was talking about until the internet became more widespread.
Ironically, some mob leaders in the 70's or so said exactly this, and that the lore was stereotyping Italians, HA.