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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Turncoat New England captain says he found God and asks judge for leniency reveals he flipped earlier than publicly revealed

A made man in the New England Mafia facing 20 years in prison for lying to the FBI about the 1993 murder of Boston businessman Steven DiSarro claims he turned his back on the mob seven years ago and was "saved" by God.
Robert "Bobby" DeLuca, 73, is asking U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to punish him with no more than four years behind bars when she sentences him Tuesday .
"I done wrong by lying so I have to do my time out," the father of four wrote Casper in a letter.
Federal prosecutors are recommending DeLuca receive 5 1/2 years as reward for his star testimony that led to former godfather Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme and Paul Weadick being convicted earlier this year of strangling DiSarro to stop him from becoming an FBI informant against La Cosa Nostra.
Casper is not bound by either request for leniency.
In anticipation of Salemme's and Weadick's trial, DeLuca pleaded guilty in November to obstruction of justice and making false statements.
After leaving Providence several years ago and moving to Florida to enter witness protection as an informant himself, DeLuca said he started attending two churches regularly.
"I became a good Christian and was friendly with both pastors," DeLuca told Casper. "I went out and got saved and was going to get baptized" when he was arrested following the discovery of DiSarro's remains in a hazardous waste pit in Providence in March 2016, 23 years after the owner of the former The Channel nightclub in South Boston vanished.
"It will be one of the first things I do when I get out," DeLuca promised Casper of his christening.
One of DeLuca's ex-wives, Natalie DeLuca, 72, with whom he has two adult children -- both born with cerebral palsy -- is also trying to come to his rescue.
She wrote Casper, "I believe in my heart that he tried to change, but his past mistake wouldn't let him ... Robert has always been a good father to our children. They love him like there is no tomorrow."