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michael finnerty

A former Gambino goon who turned on John A. Junior Gotti won’t be doing hard time for crimes he committed in his youth.

Instead, Michael Finnerty was sentenced by a Manhatten federal judge Friday to time served, three years probation – and slapped with a $12,500 fine.

“They were horrible,” Judge Denise Cote said of Finnerty’s crimes. “People were frightened and hurt. That said, he changed his life around.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Trezevant said Finnerty cooperated fully with investigators probing Gotti in exchange for a light sentence.

“It is important for the government to live up to its end of the bargain,” he said.

A relieved Finnerty hugged his family and shook hands with the prosecutors and FBI agents who tried and failed to put Gotti away. Then he left the courtroom.

A 45-year-old father of three who gave up being a gangster in the early 90s to build sets for TV thrillers like “Damages” and “Bored to Death,”

Finnerty pleaded guilty in September 2009 to a bevy of crimes while a member of Gotti’s crew and faced up to six years in prison.

In a letter pleading for leniency, Finnerty credited his wife Stephanie with turning his life around.

“As our relationship became serious, Stephanie voiced her concerns about my friends,” he wrote. “She did not like any of them. Deep down I knew she was right.”

Finnerty also got letters of support from screenwriter Tom Fontana , FDNY Capt. Liam Flaherty, and others.