Mobster and son reunited in prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The son of one of Rhode Island’s most notorious mob figures has been transferred to the same federal prison as his father.

Anthony St. Laurent Jr. was transferred to Devens federal prison in Ayer, Mass., where his father – reputed mob capo regime Anthony “The Saint” St. Laurent – is serving a seven-year sentence in a murder-for-hire case.

St. Laurent Jr., 48, of Cranston, was transferred from an upstate New York prison to Devens on Sept. 4, according to Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Chris Burke.

He pleaded guilty to extorting bookmakers in 2010 and sentenced to 6 1/2 years behind bars. St. Laurent Jr. is scheduled for release in the fall of 2016 – around the same time as his father – but may be eligible for a halfway house prior to that.

The elder St. Laurent pleaded guilty in a case where he was accused of trying to hire hitmen to gun-down rival mobster Robert “Bobby” DeLuca on three different occasions. State and federal investigators quickly intervened, at the time.

St. Laurent Sr., 73, of Johnston, has been in failing health for more than a decade, frequently appearing in court in a wheelchair.

Burke said there is no BOP policy that prohibits family members from being in the same prison. The only exception is in the case of identical twins because it could create confusion for correctional officers and officials.

Tim White ( twhite@wpri.com ) is the Target 12 investigative reporter for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter: @white_tim

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