- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former New England mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio (mah-NAH’-kee-oh) has been moved from prison to a halfway house.

A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says Manocchio was moved from a federal prison in North Carolina to a halfway house Tuesday. Manocchio was the head of the Patriarca crime family from the mid-1990s until 2009.

The 87-year-old Providence man pleaded guilty in 2012 to charges he organized a shakedown ring focusing on Providence strip clubs, generating as much as $1.5 million for the mob. He was sentenced to 5½ years in prison.

The prison spokesman didn’t specify the location of the halfway house. But he tells WPRI-TV inmates are usually assigned to facilities near their home.

The closest halfway house to Providence is in Boston.

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