Former Mafia hitman 'Sammy the Bull' Gravano released from prison for crimes in Arizona

Posted at 5:55 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 08:06:58-04

Former Mafia hitman Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano has been released from prison for crimes committed in Arizona.

The infamous mobster, 72, served more than 17 years of a 20-year sentence for his role in an Arizona ecstasy drug ring.

He served most of his time in the Arizona prison system, but he served the last year in a federal penitentiary.

Gravano was a member of the infamous Gambino crime family in New York.

He admits to 19 murders, but served little time for those crimes because he agreed to testify against other members of the Mafia.

In the early 1990s, the Witness Protection Program moved his family to Arizona.

Gravano's daughter, Karen, has a house in the Valley.

She tells ABC15 her dad is in good spirits, but she hasn't seen him in person since his release.