New England mob turncoat Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca will return to the witness stand later this year at the perjury trial of Patriarca crime family associate Gaythorne (Poochie) Angell. The 72-year old DeLuca just finished up a week of contentious testimony at the murder trial of his former best friend and one-time New England mafia don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme, charged with killing his business partner, Stevie DiSarro, in 1993. DeLuca admits to coordinating DiSarro’s burial.

Salemme and DeLuca were both pulled out of the Witness Protection Program in 2016 after DiSarro’s remains were dug up behind a Providence mill building owned by a drug-dealing DeLuca associate. That same year, Poochie Angell, 83, was indicted for perjury connected to testimony before a 2011 grand jury convened on the mob’s strip-club extortion racket. While Salemme joined the Witness Protection Program in 1999, DeLuca signed on to Team USA in 2011 following his bust for shaking down a pair of Rhode Island strip clubs, the Satin Doll, the Cadillac Lounge and the Foxy Lady, for more than $2,000,000 over a 25-year period.

A longtime mob-backed bookmaker, Poochie Angell owned the Foxy Lady, the most well-known nude dance establishment in the state since opening in the late 1970s. He was pinched alongside DeLuca in 1993 for running a large-scale sports book out of the Foxy Lady in Providence.

According to his current indictment, Angell lied to the grand jury regarding protection payments he made to Providence mafia captain Edward (Little Eddie) Lato. DeLuca, Lato and retired Patriarca crime family boss Luigi (Baby Shacks) Manocchio were nailed in the extortion scheme in the fall of 2011. Manocchio, 90, did four years behind bars.

Lato, 71, is slated for release from prison next year. That is if he’s not indicted for his role in the 1992 gangland slaying of rogue Patriarca clan enforcer Kevin Hanrahan. Upon his 2016 arrest, DeLuca implicated both Lato and Manocchio in Hanrahan’s murder. Hanrahan, 39, was shot to death in Providence’s Federal Hill section on September 18, 1992 allegedly for planning on killing Cadillac Frank Salemme and Baby Shacks Manocchio with plastic explosives on orders from deposed New England mob Raymond Patriarca, Jr., who was incarcerated at the time. 

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