Alleged mobster from Marsing to stand trial in Boston

Alleged mobster from Marsing to stand trial in Boston

Credit: Associated Press

This undated photo provided by Angela Richard, shows Enrico M. Ponzo, left, who was known as Jeffrey "Jay" Shaw to his neighbors in the rural town of Marsing, Idaho, with his friend Kelly Verceles, at a hockey game in Boise, Idaho.

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 9:06 AM

BOSTON -- The federal trial of a reputed New England mobster who was captured in Idaho after evading authorities for more than a decade is scheduled to start.

Enrico Ponzo disappeared in 1994 after allegedly attempting to kill a Massachusetts mob boss. He was captured in 2011 while living under an alias in Marsing, Idaho.

The 45-year-old Ponzo's trial is scheduled to start Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston. He is charged in a sweeping racketeering indictment that alleges he distributed drugs, laundered money, and attempted to kill rivals.

Ponzo went on the lam in 1994 after allegedly attempting to kill former Mafia leader Francis P. "Cadillac Frank" Salemme.

Ponzo's lawyer tells The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/1cmKxCh) his client "exerts his innocence" and looks forward to his day in court.
 

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