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Marsing community hurt by alleged mobster's betrayal, deception, wants justice

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Marsing community hurt by alleged mobster's betrayal, deception, wants justice

By Eric Fink. CREATED Oct 15, 2013

Marsing's Cortney Dayton remembers finding out when U.S. Marshalls arrested the man she knew as her cousin Jay Shaw back in February 2011.

"It was a shock to us all," Dayton said.

Dayton recalls family barbecues at Shaw's Marsing ranch and babysitting his children.  "My uncle used to introduce him as 'Hey, this is my mobster cousin,' and then it just became a joke after awhile."

Now, it's an all too chilling reality for Dayton and her family.

This week, Enrico Ponzo, the Marsing rancher who embraced Owyhee County and vice-versa sits on trial more than 2,000 miles away in a U.S. District court in Boston.

Ponzo faces a range of charges, alleging the one-time mobster tried to kill a rival mafia leader almost 25 years ago, dealt drugs and laundered money.

Andrea Dietz cut Ponzo's hair. She remembers her customer as a friendly, family man.

"I saw him every three months," Dietz said. "I think it's just crazy. He had two little children. It makes you wonder who you can trust."

Now, the town Ponzo deceived trusts that soon justice will be served.