New England Capo Was Released From Prison, But Where The Hell Is He?

New England Mafia capo Edward Lato, 71, was transferred Wednesday from Fort Dix federal prison in New Jersey to a halfway house.

Eddie Lato

According to the BOP inmate locator he's in a facility in Philadelphia.

According to Target 12, which broke the story, Lato was sent to Pawtucket in Providence.

Lato was eligible for release to home confinement or a halfway house on Jan. 25, according to the Target 12 story, which based that on information acquired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons via a Freedom of Information Act request.

Lato's attorney, Mark Smith, remarked that he had "no knowledge" of Lato's situation.

We've emailed Tim White, the reporter whose byline is on the Target 12 story, for clarification, and we'll update this story accordingly.

Tim White replied:

"Philadelphia is where the BOP's Residential Reentry Center is. As I reported in my story, he is at a halfway house in Pawtucket (halfway houses are known as residential reentry homes in the BOP world). I cited sources on that information so you won't get that from official documentation."

So the facility in Pawtucket is a branch that falls under the Philadelphia Residential Reentry Management (RRM) field office.

Hey, we never assume; it makes an "ass" out of "u" and "me."

"The longtime high-ranking mobster was given the stiffest sentence in a sweeping 2011 crackdown on organized crime," White wrote, referring to a probe that resulted in 127 mobsters being rounded up throughout the Northeast. Swept up in the operation were members and associates of seven crime families: New York 's Five Families, the New England mob, and New Jersey's  DeCavalcante crime family.

Nine wiseguys were busted in New England, including former boss Luigi (Baby Shacks) Manocchio, former acting boss Anthony DiNunzio of East Boston, and others.

Lato was sentenced to nine years after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy for his role in a strip club shakedown.

In November 2014, while serving his federal sentence, Lato pleaded guilty to his role in an illegal gambling racket allegedly run by Vincent "Tootsie" Tallo and was given a 10-year suspended sentence followed by 10 years of probation.

New England mobsters Frank "Bobo" Marrapese, Alfred "Chippy" Scivola, and nearly two dozen others were also nailed in the state sports betting case.

In the 2011 federal case, former mob capo Robert "Bobby" DeLuca wore a wire for the FBI. For his cooperation, DeLuca served one day in prison for his role in an extortion scheme.

DeLuca and his brother, Joseph, were key witnesses last year in the Boston trial of former mob boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, who was found guilty of participating in the 1993 murder of Boston nightclub owner Steven DiSarro.

Suspect in 1992 Murder
On September 18, 1992, mob enforcer Kevin Hanrahan was shot three times in the head as he left the Arch restaurant on Federal Hill.

In 2016, DeLuca pleaded guilty to murder conspiracy for his role in the killing.

Lato is the suspected shooter in that case.

As per DeLuca, Salemme ordered the murder apparently because he believed Hanrahan had joined a plot to kill him.

"DeLuca passed Salemme's order to then [New England Cosa Nostra] underboss Louis Manocchio who organized the murder of Hanrahan," prosecutors have alleged.

The actual shooter has never been identified, but investigators had been eyeballing Lato.

Target 12 has reported that several unsolved New England Mafia-linked murders started heating up after DeLuca pleaded guilty.