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Former New England Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme was placed in the federal witness protection program a decade ago after testifying against a corrupt ex-FBI agent, but refused to give up information about a half-dozen murders in the 1980s and 1990s even though he was promised immunity.

On Thursday, that decision came back to haunt Salemme as he was arraigned in US District Court in Boston for the 1993 slaying of South Boston nightclub owner Steven DiSarro and it was revealed that one of his longtime allies in the Mafia is cooperating against him in the case.

Rhode Island mobster Robert “Bobby” DeLuca began cooperating with authorities in June after he was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements for allegedly denying any knowledge about DiSarro’s disappearance, according to testimony by a Massachusetts state trooper.

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