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Mobster Hiding as Cattle Rancher in Idaho Sentenced

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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.

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