BOSTON -- A federal jury has heard opening statements in the trial of an alleged mob associate accused of trying to kill a Massachusetts mob boss, then hiding out in Idaho for more than a decade.
A prosecutor told the jury Wednesday that Enrico Ponzo was an associate of the Patriarca crime family who fled Massachusetts in 1994 to avoid charges of drug distribution and attempted murder. She said Ponzo posed as a "self-styled cattle rancher" in Marsing, Idaho, a rural community near Boise.
Ponzo is accused of being among a group of men who attempted to kill Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme in 1989 during a war between rival factions of the crime family.
Ponzo's lawyer told the jury he fled Massachusetts because he was afraid he would be killed.
Ponzo was captured in 2011 in Idaho.