Posted: May 11, 2012 10:05 AM
Updated: May 11, 2012 10:05 AM
Source: Associated Press
PROVIDENCE - The former boss of the New England Mafia has been sentenced to 5½ years in prison for his role in the shakedown of Providence strip clubs.
Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio learned his punishment Friday in federal court in Providence.
The 84-year-old Manocchio pleaded guilty in February to one count of racketeering conspiracy for his role in the strip club plot that prosecutors say netted $800,000 to $1.5 million in ill-gotten gains.
Manocchio says he never personally threatened anybody.
Another man that authorities say has mob ties is being sentenced Friday.
Raymond "Scarface" Jenkins pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy for his role in the shakedown of a used-car salesman for $25,000.
Nine people described by prosecutors as mob leaders, members or associates have been ensnared by the probe into the Mafia's extortion activities.