By FLO JONIC
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Bail in the amount of $500,000 has been set for the release of Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio. He is the former reputed Mob boss who is awaiting trial on extortion and racketeering charges for allegedly shaking down Providence strip clubs for protection.
But the 83-year-old Manocchio won't be getting out of prison immediately. Magistrate David Martin stayed his release until the court receives appraisals of the four properties Manocchio is putting up to secure his bail.
The stay will also give the government time to appeal to a U.S. District Court judge. The U.S. Attorney's office says it will challenge the bail order.
The government contends that Manocchio is a flight risk and a danger to the community. He was one of 127 organized crime figures rounded up in a January sweep.
If released, he will be confined to his brother's home in Glocester with a GPS device to warn government officials if he leaves the house. Magistrate David Martin also ordered that the GPS send out a special signal if Manocchio approaches an airport, railroad or bus station.
He will also be banned from using cell phones, but will be allowed to use a land line.
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