PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – From a reputed capo regime to a former mob boss, 2014 is lining up to be a big year for New England mobsters set to be released from prison.
Matthew Guglielmetti, 65, of Cranston, is currently eligible to be released to a halfway house and will complete his sentence in December of this year, according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson. He could be released to home confinement as early as June, records show.
Gulgielmetti – a reputed capo regime in the New England crime family – was sentenced to more than ten years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges. Investigators said he promised to protect a shipment of cocaine traveling through Rhode Island.
Guglielmetti was a close associate to former mob boss Raymond “Junior” Patriarca, according to law enforcement officials. As Target 12 first reported, his notoriety even made its way into the informant files of James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi.
In a 1987 reference, Flemmi told his FBI handler that Guglielmetti “is the main contact for Raymond Patriarca, Jr.”
In 1997 Guglielmetti only enhanced his underworld stature when he showed up at Memorial Hospital suffering from two serious stab wounds. No one was arrested in the case, however, because Guglielmetti refused to cooperate with police.
According to a police report obtained by Target 12, the office wrote “the victim refused to furnish any information at all including where this happened.”
“He chose to not have the person that stabbed him prosecuted,” R.I. State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell said in a recent interview. “They typically want to take care of those types of incidents themselves.”
Guglielmetti was in attendance at a famous 1989 mob induction ceremony in Medford, Mass. that was being secretly recorded by the FBI. The audio from that day has been used in numerous organized trials as evidence that the mob exists.
Prior to his arrest in the drug case, Guglielmetti was sentenced to four years in prison in 1991 for handling the mob’s interests in Connecticut.
After his release from prison in 1995, Guglielmetti returned to the construction business working as a member of labor union Local 271. His ties to the construction industry eventually got him snared in a FBI investigation that used a fake contracting firm as a rouse to root out corruption.
O’Donnell said law enforcement routinely keep tabs on “career criminals” who get released from prison.
“He’s like anybody else. We wish him the best as he gets out and moves on to hopefully a good life,” O’Donnell said.
After a massive round of busts and convictions of high-ranking mobsters and associates in 2011, the mob Guglielmetti is returning to is very different from the one he left a decade earlier.
Jeffrey Sallet – the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Boston office of the FBI – said organized crime in New England has been “decimated.”
“The environment in the state of RI right now is you have very limited strength from Rhode Island in the ranks of La Cosa Nostra,” said Sallet. “We had our thumb on them, we will not take our thumb off them.”
“This is not a friendly environment for them to do business,” he added.
Three other men with ties to organized crime could taste freedom in 2014: former mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio and Alfred “Chippy” Scivola – who were convicted of shaking down strip clubs for protection money – are eligible to enter a halfway house this year.
Mob associate Raymond “Scarface” Jenkins is eligible for a halfway house now and will complete his sentence in May. He pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy for taking part in the shakedown of a used car salesman.
“Let’s hope they stay out of it,” O’Donnell said. “If you are a sworn member you took an oath, it’s tough to get out of that. Even if you wanted to.”