The acting head of the New England Mafia was sentenced on Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for shaking down local strip clubs for protection money.
An inmate with Mafia ties is asking a judge to have a heart, claiming his own ticker is in such bad shape, he just had to escape from federal custody to seek help.
A man has pleaded guilty to charges of trying to extort $10,000 from a business owner, saying it was required for protection against the New England mafia.
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