Saturday, July 7, 2007

Former NE underboss to be paroled


Gennaro Angiulo, former underboss of the New England Mafia family, is due to be paroled on Sept. 18, according to a story by Shelley Murphy and Megan Tench in today's Boston Globe.

Angiulo (right), now 88, has been serving a 45-year federal sentence for racketeering. That sentence will not expire until May 2010. Angiulo is now confined in the prison hospital at Devens. The U.S. Parole Commission granted his latest parole request on June 22 but remained mum. The Globe obtained confirmation of the parole from a commission spokesman yesterday.

Based in an office at 98 Prince Street in Boston's North End, Angiulo was a najor force in Boston-area organized crime from the 1960s through the early 1980s, specializing in gambling and loansharking. His rise coincided with the reign of New England boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca, who was based in Providence, RI. Angiulo was brought down through federal electronic surveillance of his hangouts.

Angiulo and his three brothers - Donato, Francesco and Michele - were convicted of racketeering offenses in February 1986. Michele served three years in prison and died last year of lung cancer. The remaining brothers are in their 80s. Francesco, 86, has been out of prison since 2000 and living in the North End. Donato, 84, freed in 1997, is living in Medford, MA.

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