Providence Mob Boss DeLuca Pleads Guilty to Obstruction, Making False Statements

Saturday, November 05, 2016


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Former New England La Cosa Rostra (LCN) member Robert Deluca, 70, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston to obstructing a federal investigation into the murder of a Boston nightclub owner in the 1990s. 

DeLuca pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements. DeLuca was arrested and indicted in June 2016 in Florida. 

U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper scheduled sentencing for February 1, 2017. 

DeLuca Pleads Guilty 
DeLuca pleaded guilty to lying to federal prosecutors and investigators regarding the 1993 disappearance of Stephen DiSarro who operated The Channel, a South Boston nightclub.  In March 2016, authorities discovered DiSarro’s remains behind a mill in Providence, R.I. According to court documents, DiSarro disappeared in May 1993 after then LCN boss Frank Salemme and Frank Salemme, Jr.’s involvement with The Channel became the focus of a federal grand jury investigation. GoLocal first reported that the body found was DiSarro. He grew up on Federal Hill.

DeLuca also pleaded guilty to lying about his knowledge of other organized crime murders. He made false statements in connection with his cooperation deal with federal authorities in Rhode Island after his 2011 racketeering arrest and indictment. Despite a cooperation agreement with federal authorities, DeLuca lied about his knowledge of DiSarro’s disappearance and other LCN-perpetrated murders. 

DeLuca has also agreed to plead guilty in Rhode Island Superior Court to conspiracy to commit the 1992 murder of Kevin Hanrahan. 


The obstruction of justice statute provides for a sentence of no greater than ten years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.  The false statements statute provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.  

Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


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