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Man sought in slaying of mob boss held in Fla.

SPRINGFIELD -- A West Springfield man wanted in the killing of a local mob boss was arrested yesterday in Florida, according to a published report.

Fotios "Freddy" Geas was arrested in Naples in the case of Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno, who was shot in 2003, The Republican newspaper of Springfield reported. Kristin Adams, a spokeswoman for the Collier County, Fla., sheriff's department, confirmed that Geas was arrested on a murder warrant issued from Springfield, but had no details of the charges.

Hampden County District Attorney William Bennett and Geas's lawyer, Daniel Kelly, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

The Springfield District Court clerk's office confirmed that an arrest warrant was issued for Geas in the Bruno slaying, The Republican said.

Geas's arrest puts a wrinkle in the four-year-old slaying case. Prosecutors have charged another man, Frankie Roche, with Bruno's slaying. Roche's trial was scheduled to begin this week, but it was postponed.

An eyewitness to Bruno's slaying told police he saw a single shooter fire at the mob boss. Bruno, the local leader of the New York-based Genovese crime family, was shot as he left a club.

State Police have identified Geas and his younger brother, Ty, as "the muscle" for Anthony Arillotta, who authorities say rose to power in local organized crime after Bruno's death.

Arillotta is serving a state prison sentence for illegal gaming and loan sharking.

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