RI man wants separate trial in strip club case
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A Rhode Island man indicted alongside several alleged mobsters accused of shaking down Providence-area strip clubs is seeking a separate trial.
Albino "Albi" Folcarelli says in court papers filed Friday that it would "grossly unfair" to make him stand trial with his co-defendants.
His attorney says the allegation against Folcarelli isn't related to the strip clubs the other defendants are accused of extorting since 1993. And prosecutors describe Folcarelli as a mob associate, but not a mobster himself.
The 53-year-old Folcarelli pleaded not guilty to extortion conspiracy in September. Prosecutors allege that in July 2010 he went to the workplace of an unnamed person. That person later paid $20,000, which Folcarelli shared with two co-defendants.
Folcarelli's co-defendants include 84-year-old Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, whom prosecutors say is the ex-boss of the New England mafia.