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Friday, August 14, 2015

Jailed turncoat Gambino underboss Sammy the Bull trains service dogs for disabled veterans

If the judge agrees to shorten the sentence by 34 months, Gravano could be a free man next June.
Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano is adding a new talent to his resume after mob rat, Gambino underboss and lethal hit man — dog trainer.

Gravano, who was the Gambino underboss before he ratted out John Gotti and dozens of other gangsters, is trying to get his 20-year term reduced for a drug conviction by showing a Brooklyn judge how productive he has been in prison.

Gravano, 70, has participated in a program to train service dogs for disabled veterans, according to papers filed Friday by his lawyer Thomas Farinella in Brooklyn Federal Court.

"This skill will aid in potential employment opportunities upon his release," Farinella states.

Gravano is trying to get his 20-year term reduced for a drug conviction by showing the judge his skills he’s gained by training dogs for disabled veterans, as well as his exemplary record while he’s been an inmate.

Gravano has also completed a 20-hour culinary class, photography workshop, and enrolled in anger management, which hopefully will prevent him from adding another notch to the 19 gangland hits already on his belt.

He is seeking 34 months off his sentence which, if granted by Federal Judge Allyne Ross, could put him back on the street next June.

Gravano is eligible for the break under an amendment to federal sentencing guidelines approved last year by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

The legendary gangster has been a model prisoner who also attends weekly religious services and GED classes.



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