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Closing arguments underway in Mafia boss trial

Inside the Mafia

BOSTON (AP) – Attorneys are making their final pitches to jurors in the case of a former New England Mafia boss charged in the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner.

Closing arguments began Monday in Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme’s trial.

Salemme and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick, are charged with killing Steven DiSarro. Prosecutors say Salemme worried DiSarro would cooperate with authorities investigating the mobster.

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Another mobster, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi says he saw Salemme’s son strangle DiSarro while Weadick held DiSarro’s feet and Salemme stood by. Salemme’s son died in 1995.

DiSarro’s remains were found in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2016.

Salemme and Weadick face up to life in prison if convicted. They insist they’re innocent.

Salemme headed the New England family of La Cosa Nostra in the early 1990s.

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