Alleged RI Mob Associate Seeks Separate Trial

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – An alleged Rhode Island mob associate indicted alongside several reputed mobsters accused of shaking down Providence-area strip clubs is seeking a separate trial.

Richard Bonafiglia says in court papers filed Tuesday that a jury should only hear evidence about the alleged extortion of the Cadillac Lounge in Providence, where prosecutors say he worked as a bouncer.

Bonafiglia was indicted last year on racketeering conspiracy and extortion conspiracy charges. The racketeering conspiracy charge includes accusations that strip clubs aside from the Cadillac Lounge were extorted. Defense attorney Robert Mann argues the allegations against Bonafiglia only concern the Cadillac Lounge.

Bonafiglia's co-defendants include former reputed New England mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio. Two other co-defendants, Albino “Albi” Folcarelli and Raymond “Scarface” Jenkins, are also seeking separate trials. Bonafiglia is being detained.

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