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BOSTON - Federal prosecutors say a reputed New England Mafia associate who lived as a cattle rancher in Idaho under an alias for more than a decade before he was caught and convicted of several crimes should spend 40 years in prison.

The Boston Globe reports that prosecutors said in their sentencing recommendation that 45-year-old Enrico Ponzo is a vicious, violent, cold-blooded criminal who warrants a harsh sentence.

Ponzo, representing himself, requested a sentence of 15 years or less. He said he lived a hardworking, selfless life in Idaho from 2000 through 2011 as a stay-at-home dad, cattle rancher, and elected community volunteer.

He was captured in Marsing, Idaho, earning him the nickname 'Mobster from Marsing.'

Ponzo was convicted in November of several crimes, including the attempted murder in 1989 of former Mafia boss Francis Cadillac Frank Salemme.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

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