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Mobster fugitive captured in rural Idaho

MARSING, Idaho (AP) — To his neighbors, he was Jay Shaw, the guy with the vaguely New York accent. He was known for fixing computers, buying everything with cash, raising cows and knowing how to handle a gun.

To the FBI, he was a New England mobster who vanished in 1994 after a botched attempt to whack his boss.

On Wednesday, the 42-year-old dark-haired man, dressed in a yellow jumpsuit and his hands cuffed behind his back, strolled into a courtroom in Boise, sat down at a table and spoke calmly to a judge.

“My name is Enrico M. Ponzo,” he said.

After the judge read a long list of charges against him, Ponzo replied: “Not guilty, your honor.”

Ponzo, 42, (pictured in 1994) appeared relaxed during his 40-minute court appearance, at times smiling at a handful of friends nearby and exchanging laughs with his attorney. He told the judge he is originally from Boston.

To the people who knew him in Marsing, a farming and ranching town southwest of Boise, the news about the man they called by his nickname “Jay” for the past decade pushed them to dig deep into their memories for signs of an elaborate hoax.

“It was probably all just fiction,” said rancher Bodie Clapier, 52, (pright) whose family owns about 1,000 acres and lived next door.

Authorities said Ponzo had been living in Marsing under the name Jeffrey Shaw, but they declined to say how the FBI discovered him. During his arrest Monday, agents seized 38 firearms, $15,000 and a 100-ounce bar of either gold or silver.

Ponzo's farm is pictured above.

Click the link below to read the rest of the story by Associated Press writer Jessie L. Bonner.

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