Gene Gotti (b. 1946) is a New York mobster who belongs to the Gambino crime family who was a major drug trafficker in New York. He is a brother of deceased mob boss John Gotti.
Gene Gotti was born to John and Fannie Gotti. He has four brothers: John, Peter, Richard, and Vincent. Gene became a Gambino associate around 1966 and became a made man, or full member, in 1976. In 1985, he was promoted to Capo when his brother John became the family's boss.
Gene was a notorious drug dealer and he was part of the reason that John became boss. Gene and his friend Angelo Ruggiero, were dealing heroin against boss Paul Castellano's rules and he was going to have them killed. John got to him first to protect his brother and friend but also to become boss himself. According to testimony by Gambino underboss Salvatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano, Gene Gotti was involved in a number of mob murders. He has never been charged with any of these murders.
Gene was convicted in 1989 of selling drugs and received a 50-year prison sentence. He was reduced to the rank of soldier due to his incarceration. Although Gene is in prison in Louisiana, it is alleged by Jerry Capeci, and corroborated by FBI recordings of Gene's conversations in a prison visiting room, that Gene still has a large interest in a major loansharking ring in New York. Despite his long incarceration, Gene still has great influence on the New York streets as well as within the Gambino family. As of April 2008, Gene Gotti is still imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary (USP) in Pollock, Louisiana. His projected release date is September 14, 2018.