Nahant man indicted for extortion

April 15, 2017

BOSTON — A Nahant man was indicted Thursday in connection with arranging and paying for an assault that broke a local business owner’s jaw.

Gary P. DeCicco, 58, who was originally arrested and charged in March, was indicted on one count of attempted extortion.

In 2004 or 2005, DeCicco sold land to the victim for $750,000, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office. When the victim refused to give DeCicco an interest in his business, DeCicco paid other individuals to arrange to threaten and assault the victim. On Jan. 11, 2015, the victim was assaulted at his business — an incident that was captured on video surveillance — and suffered several injuries, including a broken jaw.

DeCicco could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, although actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.