By Matt Blanchette



 Legendary Providence Mobster Gerald Ouimette passed away in his sleep in a North Carolina prison, according to the family. Ouimette is known for his ties to the Patriarca family, and was nicknames "the frenchman," because he was one of the non-Italian members of the crime family.

Ouimette's nephew Kevin Ouimette Lynch says he emailed his uncle in prison every day, and that he was a very loving and caring person to his friends and family.

Ouimette was serving life in prison for violating the federal three strikes and you're out statute. He was the first person in New England sentenced under that statute. In all, he served over 46 years in prison.

 He is the author of a book, "What Price Providence?" which he wrote while behind bars.