Sentencing set for ex-Mafia boss ‘Cadillac Frank’ in killing

In this 1993 FBI surveillance photo, Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, left, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, second from left with back to camera, and Frank Salemme Jr., behind right, are seated at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. The trial of Francis Salemme, a geriatric former New England Mafia boss accused of killing a nightclub owner in 1993, underscores the decline of the once-powerful mob. (FBI Surveillance Photo via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — A former New England Mafia boss convicted of killing a nightclub owner in 1993 is set to be sentenced.

Eighty-five-year-old Francis Salemme, known as “Cadillac Frank,” faces life in prison when he is sentenced Thursday in federal court in Boston.

Salemme and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick, were found guilty in June of killing Steven DiSarro to keep him from talking to authorities. Salemme and Weadick have denied involvement in the killing.

Salemme was head of the New England family of La Costa Nostra in the early 1990s

DiSarro’s body wasn’t found until 2016, when authorities received a tip it was buried behind a building in Providence, Rhode Island.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling told reporters in June that Salemme’s conviction ends a “long and dark chapter” in Boston history.

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