Mobster Robert ‘Bobby’ Deluca to plead guilty to lying to investigators

Broward County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Robert DeLuca
Broward County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Robert DeLuca

BOSTON (AP) — A reputed longtime member of the New England Mafia is expected to plead guilty this week to charges he lied to investigators probing the 1993 slaying of a Boston nightclub owner.

A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled in federal court Friday for Robert DeLuca.

DeLuca originally pleaded innocent to charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements.

Steven DiSarro, the owner of the now-defunct nightclub called The Channel, disappeared in 1993. His remains were found in March behind a Providence, Rhode Island, mill owned by a mob associate.

A Massachusetts state trooper testified that DeLuca told investigators he helped former mob boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme dispose of DiSarro’s body.

Salemme and another man have pleaded not guilty in DiSarro’s killing.