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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The reputed former Mafia boss of the Patriarca crime family of New England, Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio, pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal extortion and conspiracy charges. By Tim White ,WPRI

Manocchio, 83, entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Martin in federal court in Providence this afternoon, hours after he returned to Rhode Island for the first time since his arrest last month.

Prosecutors say Manocchio accepted protection payments from Providence’s Satin Doll and Cadillac Lounge strip clubs starting as early as 1993.

Martin ordered Manocchio held without bail for now, but the elderly defendant will get another shot at temporary freedom in another hearing the judge scheduled for Tuesday.  http://www.wpri.com/dpp/target_12/inside_mafia/manocchio-arraignment