Bottino was born in Little Italy, Algonquin, in 1965. According to his daughter Antonia, Bottino "pretty much ran the East Coast" in the 1980s and 1990s. He had been Don Jon Gravelli's right hand man but went into hiding out west in 2007 due to murder charges being pinned on him in Vice City. After going into hiding, he was replaced by Roy Zito as the acting underboss of the Gambetti Family.
In 2011, he was arrested, took a plea bargain and became a snitch. In 2013, one of Bottino's many enemies had two men kidnap his daughter and attempt to bury her alive in Paleto Bay however, she was saved in the nick of time by either Trevor, Michael, or Franklin. Afterwards, she had $60,000 transferred into the account of whichever character saved her, unless the player decided to kill her or take her to the Altruist Cult.
Prior to his 2011 arrest Bottino had been arrested on four other occasions: in 1981 for grand theft auto, in 1982 for hijacking, in 1984 for manslaughter and in 1993 for racketeering. As part of his plea deal, Antonia states that he currently resides in 'his five star prison cell'.
LCPD Database record
1982 - Hijacking
1984 - Manslaughter
- Believed to be Jon Gravelli's right hand man and his logical successor as the head of the Gambetti Crime Syndicate.
- Sammy Bottino appears to be loosely based on Gambino underboss Salvatore "Sammy The Bull" Gravano.
- His surname is mispelled "Botino" on the LCPD Database.