SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A suspect in the 2003 shooting death of a Springfield organized crime boss has pleaded not guilty.

Fotios “Freddy” Geas pleaded not guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to murder in aid of racketeering in connection with the death of Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno.

A federal indictment alleges that the 41-year-old Geas, a onetime mob enforcer, paid another man to kill Bruno.

Frankie Roche, the admitted triggerman in the case, told prosecutors that Geas paid him $8,000 on behalf of unnamed mobsters to kill Bruno. Roche pleaded guilty to murder in federal court last month under a plea deal with prosecutors. They agreed not to seek the death penalty for Roche in exchange for his plea.

Geas faces the death penalty if convicted.

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