RI mobster gets 7 years for murder-for-hire plot

September 21, 2011 - 4:20 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An ailing Rhode Island mobster has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot on a rival that was never carried out.

Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent Sr. was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence.

The 70-year-old St. Laurent appeared in court in a wheelchair and with an oxygen tank. He pleaded guilty in March to using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder for hire.

St. Laurent faced up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors say St. Laurent plotted to have Robert "Bobby" DeLuca killed. St. Laurent has acknowledged in court papers to being a member of the Patriarca crime family. He says he only intended to "scare" DeLuca.