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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The 'Saint' To Plead Guilty in 2 Cases

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Reputed mobster Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent has agreed to plead guilty to extortion and murder-for-hire charges, according to documents filed Wednesday in federal court and obtained by Target 12.
St. Laurent is facing charges in two separate federal cases. One alleges he was the mastermind of a scheme to shake down Taunton, Mass., bookmakers for protection money. Prosecutors allege he participated in the extortion scheme starting in the 1970s.
St. Laurent is also pleading guilty to charges that he tried to hire hit men to take out the alleged underboss of the notorious Patriarca crime family, Robert "Bobby" DeLuca.
The plea agreement states that St. Laurent, a reputed Mafia capo regime, wanted to snuff out DeLuca because of his "intense hatred" of the alleged underboss.
St. Laurent's wife and son already pleaded guilty to their roles in the extortion scheme last year. Anthony St. Laurent Jr. is currently serving a six-and-a-half year sentence in a federal prison in upstate New York. Dorothy St. Laurent was sentenced to three years of probation and 1,500 of community service.
                                                           Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent

Under the agreement, the government agrees to recommend a sentence on the low-end of the scale. A judge ultimately has the say in how much prison time St. Laurent will do.
St. Laurent, who is in Fort Devens federal prison, could see an additional ten years behind bars.
The plea agreement reveals for the first time, that in exchange for gunning down DeLuca, he would get the alleged hit man inducted into La Cosa Nostra. St. Laurent told the prospective murderer, who was actually an undercover Massachsuetts State Trooper working for the FBI, that  he had the permission of former mob boss, Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio.
Manocchio has not been charged in this case.
DeLuca was scooped up by Rhode Island State Police and an attempted hit was never pulled off. Previous documents reveal "The Saint" wanted the murder to happen at downtown restaurant Sidebar and Grill, where DeLuca works.



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