Ex-Mafia hit man ‘Sammy the Bull’ Gravano now out of prison

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PHOENIX – Former Mafia hit man Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano has been released early from federal prison after serving most of a 20-year sentence for drug-related convictions in Arizona and New York.

An attorney for Gravano said Thursday that his 72-year-old client was released Monday, but wouldn't disclose where Gravano served his time or where he plans to live now that he's a free man.

Thomas Farinella says Gravano is "very upbeat, very positive" and figuring out what he wants to do after 17 ½ years behind bars.

Gravano was a former underboss for the Gambino crime family and confessed to involvement in 19 murders.

He later helped bring down the family's boss John Gotti by testifying against him and moved to Arizona in 1994 under a federal witness protection program.

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