Jim Kouri
Providence, RI, man is charged with soliciting murder of La Cosa Nostra capo
By Jim Kouri
February 12, 2009

A federal complaint filed in Providence, RI charges Anthony St. Laurent, Sr. with solicitation to commit murder-for-hire, according to an FBI report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police's Organized Crime Committee.

According to an FBI affidavit supporting the criminal complaint, St. Laurent tried to enlist others to kill Robert DeLuca, who, according to the affidavit, is a "capo," or captain, in the New England La Cosa Nostra criminal organization.

United States Attorney Robert Clark Corrente, Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin of the Department of Justice Criminal Division, and Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, jointly announced the complaint, which was filed under seal in U.S. District Court on January 23. It was unsealed last Friday in anticipation of court proceedings today.

The complaint results from a multi-agency investigation by the FBI, Rhode Island State Police, Providence Police, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Massachusetts State Police, and Boston Police.

"Federal, state, and local law enforcement throughout New England are ramping up the campaign against organized crime," U.S. Attorney Corrente said. "I want to thank all of the agencies that contributed to this collaborative effort against what continues to be a dangerous criminal organization, as is alleged in the complaint."

According to the affidavit, in 2006 St. Laurent offered two individuals approximately $20,000 to kill DeLuca. However, they expressed reservations because DeLuca is a "made" member of La Cosa Nostra and the killing might engender retribution. St. Laurent, according to the affidavit, tried to reassure them that there would be "no repercussions."

Later in April, St. Laurent asked another person to kill DeLuca, according to the affidavit, and offered to pay him from the fruits of an extortion scheme.

According to the affidavit, St. Laurent's efforts to have DeLuca killed continued after St. Laurent was sentenced to federal prison in 2007 for extortion. According to the affidavit, he told a fellow inmate that he was looking for someone to kill DeLuca.

In January 2007, a federal judge sentenced St. Laurent to 56 months in prison for extortion conspiracy. He is incarcerated at the Federal Medical Facility at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

St. Laurent later told the fellow inmate to tell a visitor, who was an undercover police officer posing as a prospective hit-man, that there would be no repercussions for killing DeLuca. When asked how he wanted DeLuca killed and whether DeLuca should be given any message beforehand, St. Laurent allegedly said, "Shoot him in the f***king head....Say, 'This is from the Saint.'"

The complaint charges St. Laurent, 67, with soliciting another to commit the federal crime of murder-for-hire.

Trial attorney Scott Lawson of the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha are prosecuting the case.

© Jim Kouri


The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police... (more)


Receive future articles by Jim Kouri: Click here

More by this author

September 10, 2017
Trump Justice: 'Dreamer' wanted for murder nabbed by feds in NJ and extradited

July 26, 2017
NJ 12-year-old's suicide a plea for cyber-bullying law: GOP candidate Heather Darling

June 12, 2017
Obama hampered law enforcement investigation of Iranian terrorism funding

June 2, 2017
Prez of Young Democrats and Mayor de Blasio staffer busted for kiddie porn; one victim 6-mos. old

May 29, 2017
The conservative approach to taxation and a healthy business climate

May 24, 2017
U.S. intelligence reports warn of cyber "Cold War"

March 3, 2017
Media attack Trump's terrorism expert Dr. Sebastian Gorka

December 23, 2016
Trump's border wall: The bill was passed and signed into law

December 22, 2016
Dem lawmakers demand commission to probe Trump-Russia conspiracy

December 14, 2016
Outraged Vets: VA hospital death touted as proof of Obama and Democrats indifference

More articles


Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
Flashback: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Jerry Newcombe
Communist goals and America

Madeline Crabb
The importance of dress codes and standards

Curtis Dahlgren
'Inside American Education;' beware professional liars

Cherie Zaslawsky
The firebombing of Maui: Part Two

Cherie Zaslawsky
The firebombing of Maui: Part One

Steve A. Stone
Sen. Mike Lee gives us a lesson in sausage making

Pete Riehm
Whether it's the border, crime, or government, lawlessness cannot be ignored!

Frank Louis
Is simulation winning out over reality? Perception? I think maybe so.

R.T. Neary
Bidenism run amok – and it was clearly foreseen

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Revelation Chapter 16: When the great river runs dry

Cliff Kincaid
Impeachment for the wrong reasons

Jim Terry
Dad gum gov’mint
  More columns


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons


Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites