The former boss of the New England Mafia has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for his role in the
shakedown of Providence strip clubs.

Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio learned his punishment Friday in federal court in Providence.

The 84-year-old Manocchio pleaded guilty in February to one count of racketeering conspiracy for his role in the strip club plot that prosecutors say netted $800,000 to $1.5 million in ill-gotten gains. Manocchio says he never personally threatened anybody.

Another man that authorities say has mob ties was sentenced Friday to 3 years and 1 month in prison.
Raymond "Scarface" Jenkins pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy for his role in the shakedown of a used-car salesman for $25,000.

Nine people described by prosecutors as mob leaders, members or associates have been ensnared by the probe into the Mafia's extortion activities.

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