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Twist at plea hearing in big Patriarca Mafia case

By Tim White, Target 12 Investigator

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The former mob boss of the Patriarca crime family pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday, but in a surprise turn of events, the man investigators say was his mafia captain didn’t like what he heard from prosecutors and backed away from the deal.

Edward “Eddie” said while he agreed with some of the facts laid out in court, he said he did not receive any money from the Satin Doll strip club in an alleged shakedown scheme. He also took issue with the characterization that he helped run some of the criminal enterprise.

I don’t know nothing about the Satin Doll,” Lato told U.S. District Court Judge William Smith. “I didn’t oversee anything.”

Smith told both sides he couldn’t allow the plea hearing to go forward if the defendant didn’t agree with all the facts. He told Lato’s lawyer, Mark Smith, to meet with his client in the near future.

Moments earlier in the same courtroom Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio, 84, of Providence, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy. Federal prosecutors said he once ran the New England crime family and profited from an extortion scheme where he shook down for protection money. Read more Here