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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A federal judge has ordered the courts to hold onto cash found on a former New England mob boss when he was captured while on the lam. 

U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs signed off on a motion by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston to put more than $25,000 in escrow until Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme’s appeal is decided on.

Salemme, 85, was sentenced to life in prison last September for ordering the murder of Boston nightclub manager Steven DiSarro, a Providence native, in 1993.

Prosecutors have said Salemme went on the run in 2016 when he learned his arrest was imminent and was eventually discovered by FBI agents in Connecticut hotel room along with more than $28,000 in cash.

At his sentencingr, Salemme and codefendant Paul Weadick were given a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Salemme was also levied with a fine of more than $15,000 and ordered to pay restitution of $9,118.

Nick DiSarro, one of Steven DiSarro’s sons, said in an email the money will be used to go to the costs of the funeral the family has already incurred. He said they buried their father “next to his son, who passed away the morning his body was discovered.”

“Junior and senior are now both finally together again,” he said.

The DiSarro family attended every day of the trial last spring.

Steven DiSarro’s remains were discovered behind a Providence mill building in March 2016. At the time, Salemme had been living under an assumed name in Atlanta after being relocated by the government for cooperating in a different case. 

Salemme’s attorney had argued the money should go back to the aging gangster while the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the appeal. Salemme will get $2,500 returned to him.

Target 12 reported last month that Salemme was moved from a federal prison in Brooklyn to a medical prison in Springfield, Missouri. The facility is described as an “administrative security federal medical center” on its website.

At the trial, prosecutors said Salemme ordered DiSarro killed because the then-mob boss was concerned DiSarro was going to cooperate with investigators. Salemme and his son were silent partners in the club that DiSarro ran, and had fallen on the radar screen of federal investigators.

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the Target 12 investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook

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