Howie Winter, the one-time leader of the Winter Hill Gang, and an alleged accomplice will be arraigned Tuesday on multiple counts of attempted extortion and conspiracy. Winter, 83, and James Melvin, 70, are facing the charges in Middlesex Superior Court, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said. Beginning in February of this year, Winter, of Millbury, and Melvin, of Braintree, participated in a months-long scheme to extort $35,000 each from two businessman, according to the office of District Attorney Gerard Leone.
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