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Trial of former mob boss ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme set to begin

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A jury has been selected, and opening statements in a high-profile mob murder trial is set to begin on Wednesday.

Former mob boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, 84, and codefendant Paul Weadick are charged with murder of a witness for the 1993 slaying of Steven DiSarro. Investigators say the Boston nightclub owner – and Providence native – was killed because Salemme and his son (who died of natural causes) were concerned he was going to cooperate with the FBI.

DiSarro’s body was exhumed from behind a mill building on Branch Ave. in Providence in March 2016.

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A contingent of Rhode Islanders are expected to testify against Salemme, including longtime mob capo Robert “Bobby” DeLuca, his brother Joseph DeLuca, and the mill building’s former owner William Ricci. In court filings investigators have said DeLuca is expected to testify that he received a call from

Salemme to prepare to receive “a package,” which DeLuca knew to mean a body. Joseph DeLuca then met Salemme at a location in North Providence to take DiSarro’s body to Ricci’s property. Ricci is an associate of DeLuca’s.

As Target 12 previously reported, four people will get immunity from prosecution for their cooperation: Joseph DeLuca, Ricci, as well as Charles “Harpo” Garabedian and Richard Cinquegrana. Garabedian and Cinquegrana joined Joseph DeLuca to help bury the body, according to court filings.

Robert DeLuca has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about what he knew of the murder and will be sentenced after the Salemme trial. 

After opening statements on Wednesday, jurors are expected to visit Salemme’s former Sharon Massachusetts’ home and the Branch Ave. location. 

Salemme and Weadick have pleaded not guilty.

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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