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Mobster who hid out in Idaho convicted on federal charges in Boston

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOSTON (AP) — A former mob associate who spent over a decade posing as a cattle rancher in Idaho has been convicted of federal charges including the attempted murder of a man who became the boss of the New England Mafia. Enrico Ponzo was convicted Wednesday after a monthlong racketeering trial. Prosecutors said Ponzo teamed up with a faction of mobsters that wanted to stop Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme from becoming the boss of the Patriarca crime family. Ponzo was convicted of being one of the triggermen who shot at Salemme in 1989 as he walked into a restaurant north of Boston. He was acquitted of several other charges. Ponzo fled in 1994 and wasn't captured until 2011, when authorities found him in Marsing, Idaho. Ponzo's lawyer said he will appeal. Sentencing is set for March 6.

Reputed mobster who hid out as novice cattle rancher in Idaho goes to trial in Boston

With his East Coast accent and tales of living in New York, Jay Shaw stood out when he moved to the tiny farm town of Marsing, Idaho, writes AP legal affairs writer Denise Lavoie in Boston, where Enrico Ponzo, known as Shaw when he lived in Marsing, is now on trial. His Idaho neighbors never suspected him of having a dark secret, she writes, until after about a decade of living the quiet life of a would-be cattle rancher, his past closed in on him one day in 2011 as he was negotiating a purchase of hay near his 12-acre ranch. Massachusetts authorities had caught up with him, more than 16 years after he disappeared. He was wanted on numerous federal charges in a racketeering indictment, including the 1989 attempted murder of Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, who went on to become the boss of the Patriarca crime family; click below for Lavoie’s full report.

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