The feds said “fuhgeddaboutit” Monday to Peter Gotti’s request for early release, arguing the former Gambino boss wasn’t sick enough and remained a danger on the outside.
The 79-year-old Gotti, who took over the crime family from his brother, John Gotti, had requested compassionate release in July, saying that after 17 years in prison he was suffering in federal lockup in North Carolina from “early onset dementia,” gout, arthritis, gastric reflux, hearing loss, vision impairment, and an enlarged prostate.
“I only want to the (sic) home with my family and tell anyone who will listen that I am a changed man and that there is no benefit to unlawful activities,” he wrote. “I truly regret my choices that hurt so many, and in the little time I have left on this earth would hope to be able to share some of my new-fund (sic) wisdom to help others not make the same kind of mistakes that I have made.”
The government wasn’t buying it.
“Notwithstanding his age and health, Gotti poses a substantial danger to the community,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jun Xiang wrote in a letter filed in Manhattan Federal Court.
“Gotti argues that he is incapable of his violence due to his age and medical condition. ... The danger posed by a Gambino Family leader like Gotti is not that he will personally engage in acts of violence, but that he can command others to do so.”
Peter Gotti was the acting boss of the Gambino crime family from 1999 to 2002, prosecutors said. He spent $70,000 on unsuccessful efforts to find Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, the mob rat who put John Gotti behind bars. Peter Gotti ordered two subordinates — who used aliases and changed their appearances — to travel to the West Coast and Arizona and look for Gravano.
He also was instrumental in extortion schemes of labor unions and construction companies beginning in the 1990s. Peter Gotti was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is currently scheduled for release from prison in 2032.
“Gotti headed one of the most vicious and violent organized crime organizations in New York for a period of years," Xiang wrote.
Judge Colleen McMahon will rule on Gotti’s request, which he submitted under the First Step Act signed by President Trump last year.