PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Longtime Patriarca crime family associate Gerard Ouimette died over the weekend in federal prison, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.
Ouimette, 75, was at a federal prison in Butner, N.C. where he was serving a life sentence for under the federal “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” statute. Ouimette was the first criminal from New England to be prosecuted under the law by then-Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Sheldon Whitehouse.
Rhode Island State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell confirmed the death, calling Ouimette “one of the most notorious villains Rhode Island has ever known.”
“He was a very violent career criminal that was closely aligned with the Patriarca family,” O’Donnell said. “He wasn’t a made member because he wasn’t Italian but in that world [Raymond] Patriarca used anyone who was ruthless, and that was Gerard Ouimette.”
Sources tell Target 12 Ouimette died of natural causes.