Mafioso Who Lived in Idaho Sent Away For 28 Years

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ARCHIVED FBI PHOTO OF A YOUNG ENRICO PONZO.
  • ARCHIVED FBI PHOTO OF A YOUNG ENRICO PONZO.

His friends and neighbors knew him as Jeff Shaw, an Idaho cattle rancher. But his real name was Enrico Ponzo, 45, a man who spent 17 years on the lam, including time as a rancher in Marsing.

On April 28, Ponzo was sentenced in a Boston courtroom to spend 28 years in prison for a series of crimes, including the attempted murder of a would-be Mafia boss.

Ponzo was caught in February 2011, when law enforcement raided his Idaho home, finding $100,000 in cash, $65,000 in gold coins, 22 rifles, eight handguns and 34,000 rounds of ammunition.

The 45-year-old Ponzo chose to represent himself during his sentencing hearing, telling the courtroom that he deserved no more than 15 years in prison. Ponzo also declared himself to be a "self-rehabilitated man" from his time Idaho.

But federal prosecutors urged Judge Nathaniel Gorton to send Ponzo away for 40 years. Ultimately, Gorton sentenced Ponzo to 28 years in a federal prison.


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