Gene Gotti is a free man! Nearly three decades after the famed New York mobster was locked up for running a multi-million-dollar heroin distribution ring, he has been released from prison. Click through RadarOnline.com’s gallery to see the shocking first photos.
Exactly 29 years and a head-full of grey hairs later, Gene Gotti has been freed from prison.
This Monday, the brother of known New York crime boss John Gotti, was spotted outside his Long Island home for the first time since his release.
He wore a plain white T-shirt and was visibly balding at 72. The remaining hair on his head is an icy white, and he bears little resemblance to the unyielding drug lord who entered the Louisiana Federal Correctional Institution 29 years ago.
Back in the day, Gene ran the New York drug trade with brother John, who took over for Paul Castellano as the boss of the Gambino family.
Though Gene was a married man with three children, he joined forces with John in 1966, and never looked back—that is until his dangerous drug scheme landed him behind bars.
Though Gene was initially given a 50-year sentence, his time in prison was cut short. His brother John, on the other hand was given life in prison for charges such as murder and racketeering but died of cancer in 2002.
Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that Gene is still active in the Gambino family, and while members very much respect him, they hope his release doesn’t bring more attention to their business.
“Everyone hopes he will be low-key and just make a living, but that is very un-Gotti-like,” said the source. We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at email@example.com, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.