Luigi Manocchio has been in jail and prison a number of times before.
Today because of his age, his health and the fact that he cooperated, he received a lenient sentence.
Deposed New England Mafia boss Luigi Manocchio, age 84, is going to prison for 5 and a 1/2 years.
His criminal defense attorney reacted to the racketeering and extortion sentence.
"Well I don't know how anyone can be all right in prison. Prison is not a nice place to be and the older you are, the worse it is," said Joseph Barillo.
Manocchio, was a mob kingpin known over the years as Louie, Baby Shacks, The Professor, and the Old Man.
The crimes were hardly as endearing as the cartoonish nicknames. He shook down Providence strip clubs for protection money.
According to plea agreement Manochio and others targeted adult clubs such as the Satin Doll and the Cadillac Lounge; extorting between 800 thousand and a million and a half dollars.
If he survives prison, Manocchio will be 90 when he's eligible for parole
"Hope fully he'll be out some day and back to see his family," said Barillo.
Also sentenced in another mob extortion plot, Raymond Jenkins who got 3 years. So is the end of the New England Mafia? One expert says the decline is significant.
"I think it's clearly already the end of the mob as we know it. I think that the racketeering act as well as there is a lot of disloyalty of young people coming into the mob. They don't want to pay tribute to the older guys," said former Rhode Island Attorney General, Arlene Violet.
Still to be tried for the strip club extortion, Manocchio's mob boss successor, Anthony DiNunzio and still to be sentenced mob associate Eddie Lato.