February 10, 2011 by staff
Enrico Ponzo, Bodie Clapier knew his neighbor the last eight years, Jay Shaw – a father, friend and computer expert who has talked with every day. But federal officials say Shaw is actually 42 years, Enrico Ponzo, a Boston-based La Cosa Nostra mobster who has been on the lam for 17 years, hiding from racketeering, drug and attempted murder charges. Tuesday night, Hutch was reeling as he learned about the past of his friend. “You know I always thought there was something a little different about Jay. I always thought he was running or hiding something,” he Hutch said. “I’m in shock. Because he was in the back seat of my car with friends. We went shooting with my son. I invited him to hunt. And this is a guy very, very nice. “
In fact, Hutch said, the man he called Jay called him Monday night in the Ada County Jail and asked him to look after his cows.
“I said, ‘Hey, what’s happening,” said Hutch. “He laughs:” It’s a bunch of bull – but I’ll be here long. ” Ponzo also arrest was a shock to the Sheriff’s Office Owyhee County. Officials there said they played no role in the arrest on Monday and they had no relationship with Jeffrey J. Shaw.
According to court records from Idaho, Ponzo – under the name Shaw – was in the middle of a case of childcare.
Hutch said longtime friend of Shaw left three months ago and took her son and daughter away.
“It was in my house,” said Hutch. “We broke the bread. We had him for Christmas Eve because I felt sorry for him because his wife left him and took his children. ”
Ponzo led an ordinary life in Marsing. To earn money he worked with computers, “said Hutch.
But according to a press office of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s, Ponzo fled the Boston area in 1994 when he faces charges of drug state.
He had been absent three years, when he was named in an indictment 40-federal account as well as 14 other men – all accused of racketeering, conspiracy, murder and attempting to murder rivals in the Patriarca family of La Cosa Nostra.
The group had hoped to wrest control of organized crime in the greater Boston area, according to the FBI.
The indictment alleges that Ponzo 1997 and other members of the faction murdered three rivals and tried to kill seven others. Ponzo is itself responsible for the murder June 16, 1989, attempted Chief Francis P. Patriarca family Salemme Saugus, Massachusetts
Several group members have already pleaded guilty and are serving a prison sentence.
Ponzo is also accused of racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to murder several people with racketeering, three counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, aggression with a dangerous weapon and attempted murder of Joseph C. CIRAM September 16, 1994. He was also charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, extortion and extortion conspiracy. He faces up to life imprisonment.
Ponzo made an initial appearance Wednesday morning from the federal government in Boise. Federal prosecutors filed a motion for custody Tuesday and ask a federal judge during the hearing Wednesday that Ponzo held without bail until he stands trial.
Tuesday night, the news has been the buzz of the Sandbar Riverhouse, one of the few restaurants in Marsing.
Ponzo and neighbors are left to try to make sense of the ‘outsider’ they had left in their community.
“I’m really scared here,” said Hutch. “This is not supposed to happen.”
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