Federal Judge in RI Denies Reputed Mob Boss Bail

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered the reputed former boss of the New England mob detained pending trial.

Judge William E. Smith decided Monday that Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio is a flight risk. He says Manocchio's family ties to Rhode Island, through a brother and a nephew, are too thin and his
history of flight too significant to grant him bail. Manocchio fled murder charges in 1969 and remained on the lam for 10 years.

The decision overturns a magistrate judge's decision to release Manocchio on $500,000 bond.

Prosecutors say Manocchio and at least three other men extorted protection payments from Rhode Island strip clubs and adult bookstores. The 83-year-old suspected former boss of New England's Patriarca crime family has pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, extortion conspiracy and extortion.

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