BOSTON (AP) – The obese reputed underboss of the New England mafia is asking a federal judge to release him from home confinement for two hours a day so he can exercise.

A lawyer for Carmen “The Cheeseman” DiNunzio filed a petition on Tuesday that said a doctor has recommended 30 minutes of “sustained aerobic exercise” per day as DiNunzio battles a variety of health ailments, including diabetes and heart disease.

DiNunzio also wants permission to periodically spend the night at a hospital for treatment of sleep apnea.

His lawyer, Anthony Cardinale, says federal prosecutors have not objected to the request.

DiNunzio has been free on $20,000 bail since his May indictment on charges that he tried to bribe a Big Dig official.

He’s called “The Cheeseman” because he owns a North End cheese shop.


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