Richard Bonafiglia, a strip club bouncer indicted earlier this month on racketeering and extortion charges for his alleged role in shaking down jiggle joints and smut shops in Providence, RI on behalf of former reputed Patriarca boss Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, was denied bail yesterday by Magistrate Judge David Martin as reported by Tim White for WPRI.
In making their case for no bail federal prosecutors played conversations of Bonafiglia at work which investigators had secretly recorded:
In an effort to paint the defendant as a man with a violent temperament, prosecutors used a recording of him on the phone with a man identified only as Howard. "Bobo's got enough problems," Bonafiglia is heard shouting in the recording. "Shut your [expletive] mouth or I'll come down there and cut your throat. Shut your mouth or I'll kill you right now." "Bobo," according to prosecutors, is reputed mobster Frank "Bobo" Marrapese. State Police Det. Matthew Moynihan - a member of the FBI's organized crime task force - testified that Bonafiglia is also heard on the FBI bug bragging about having shot and killed a man in the late 1980's. Bonafiglia has never been charged with murder.Ironically, last week Judge Martin granted bail for Bonafiglia's alleged boss Baby Shacks which federal prosecutors are appealing.
Further reporting: "Magistrate orders Bonafiglia to remain in jail until trial" by Katie Mulvaney for The Providence Journal