BOSTON — A Boston mob associate who spent years on the lam living the life of an Idaho rancher was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for the attempted murder of a man who went on to become the boss of the New England Mafia.
Enrico Ponzo was convicted in November of several federal crimes, including the 1989 attempted killing of Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme. Ponzo fled Massachusetts in 1994, first to Arizona, and later to Idaho, where he spent more than a decade as a cattle rancher and stay-at-home father.
He was captured in Marsing, Idaho, in 2011.
Prosecutors recommended a 40-year sentence. Ponzo argued he should not get more than 15 years.
Ponzo is fighting an attempt by prosecutors to forfeit his assets, which include $100,000 in cash and $65,000 in gold coins.