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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

$500K Bail Set for Ex. Reputed Mob Boss Luigi Baby Shacks Manocchio

In a stunning decision, a federal magistrate judge Tuesday afternoon set bail for former reputed mob boss Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio.
U.S. Magistrate Judge David Martin set bail at $500,000 with surety and ruled that, if released, Manocchio would have to stay at his brother's Glocester home. He'd also have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet that would track his every move.
However, the 83-year-old is not a free man yet. Prosecutors have filed an appeal with U.S. District Court - meaning Manocchio will have to stay behind bars for now until Federal Judge William Smith rules on Martin's decision to set bail.
Manocchio, who is believed to have been the long-time boss of the Patriarca crime family, was nabbed in January as part of major, multi-state organized crime investigation. Accused of shaking down Rhode Island strip clubs for protection money, he is charged with conspiracy, extortion and racketeering conspiracy.
Prosecutors have argued against bail. In court documents filed last week, they revealed that Manocchio allegedly flew to Italy in 2009 to purchase a home there – and said that was evidence he should not be allowed out of jail. In addition, the filings pointed out that Manocchio has easy access to private aircraft.
As for who could post $500,000 bail, Manocchio’s attorney Mary June Ciresi said last week another one of Manocchio's relatives - his niece - was prepared to put up a property in Narragansett assessed at more than $1 million as surety bail on her uncle's behalf.
Manocchio, who is 83, is currently being held at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls.



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