CRIME

New England mobster, an 'old-school wise guy,' dies at 75

FILE - In this June 17, 1997 file photo, convicted mobster Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent waits to testify in federal court in Boston. St. Laurent, died Monday, Nov.7, 2016 two weeks after being released from federal prison. He was in his 70s and had several health issues. St. Laurent pleaded guilty in 2011 to a plot to have fellow mob member Robert "Bobby" DeLuca killed, a plot that was never carried out. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl, File)

FILE - In this June 17, 1997 file photo, convicted mobster Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent waits to testify in federal court in Boston. St. Laurent, died Monday, Nov.7, 2016 two weeks after being released from federal prison. He was in his 70s and had several health issues. St. Laurent pleaded guilty in 2011 to a plot to have fellow mob member Robert "Bobby" DeLuca killed, a plot that was never carried out. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl, File)  (The Associated Press)

A member of the New England mob who was convicted of trying to hire someone to kill a rival mobster has died two weeks after being released from federal prison. Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent was 75.

North Providence Police Chief Richard Tamburini says St. Laurent died early Monday at a Rhode Island hospital of what appears to be natural causes. He had several health problems.

Tamburini called him "one of the old-school wise guys."

St. Laurent had a long criminal record but was most recently in prison for the murder-for-hire plot that wasn't carried out. Authorities say he told the hit man to deliver a message before shooting the victim in the head, telling him to say: "This is from The Saint."

His death was first reported by WPRI-TV.