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The Latest: Prosecutor: Trial ends ‘a long and dark chapter’

BOSTON – The Latest on the guilty verdicts for Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his co-defendant Paul Weadick (all times are local):

4:45 pm

The top of the federal attorney for Massachusetts, says the murder conviction of an 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss “ends a long and dark chapter” in the city of Boston.

The Procurator of the s. S. Andrew Lelling spoke with reporters Friday after jurors found Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick, guilty of the 1993 killing of Steven DiSarro.

Lelling said he hopes that the conviction provides a degree of peace and justice for the DiSarro family members, who for years never knew what happened to their husband and father.

DiSarro not yet been found, until 2016, when the FBI received a tip that they were buried in the neighbourhood of a mill building in Providence, Rhode Island.

Salemme’s lawyer said she will appeal the conviction. Weadick and Salemme will be sentenced in September.

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3:30 pm

A lawyer for an 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss was sentenced for the killing of a nightclub owner in 1993, says they will appeal.

Jurors on Friday found Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his co-defendant Paul Weadick guilty of murder on a federal witness in the death of Steven DiSarro.

Salemme’s lawyer, Steven Boozang said Salemme is disappointed, but feels worse for Weadick, who at 63 is much younger. Boozang said that it was a “tough set of facts”, but she was hopeful the judges would clear Salemme of the charge. Salemme and Weadick life in prison in September.

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This story has been corrected to indicate that Weadick is 63, not 62, and that the murder of a federal witness calls for a meaning to life, not to life.

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3:06 pm

An 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss has been convicted of the killing of a nightclub owner more than two decades ago.

Jurors on Friday found Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme found guilty of the killing of Steven DiSarro in 1993. Salemme’s co-defendant, Paul Weadick, was also convicted. Each is now facing life in prison.

Prosecutors say Salemme watched as his son strangled DiSarro and Weadick held DiSarro feet. Salemme’s son died in 1995. Authorities said Salemme was afraid DiSarro would cooperate with the authorities in the investigation of the gangster.

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

DiSarro’s remains were excavated in 2016 after authorities got a tip that they were buried behind a mill building in Providence, Rhode Island.

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2:55 pm

Jurors have reached a verdict in the case of a former New England Mafia boss, charged with the killing of a nightclub owner in 1993.

The verdict was set to be read Friday, three days after the jury began deliberating.

Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick, are accused of killing nightclub owner Steven DiSarro because Salemme afraid that he would cooperate with the authorities were investigating his activity in the mob.

Prosecutors say Salemme watched as his son strangled DiSarro while Weadick held DiSarro feet. Salemme’s son died in 1995.

Lawyers for Salemme and Weadick sought to discredit the government’s star witness, another member of the family which says that he walked in on the kill.

Salemme and Weadick each face up to life in prison, if convicted.

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