Saturday, September 19, 2009
Federal authorities say he is a captain in the Patriarca crime family ... PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A reputed member of the Patriarca crime family plans to plead
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - For the first time in more than 14 years, reputed Patriarca Crime Family captain Robert “Bobby” DeLuca, is a free man.
Shortly before 11 a.m. Friday morning, DeLuca walked into a downtown federal building with his attorney Artin Coloian to officially end his federal probation. Minutes later, clutching what federal probation officials call “a letter of satisfaction” DeLuca strolled out without comment.
His probation will end one minute after midnight on September 20th.
DeLuca was arrested in 1995, caught up in a sweeping federal investigation that also accused mob enforcer Gerard Ouimette. The pair was found guilty of trying to extort $50,000 from Providence businessman Paulie Calenda.
The mid-90s were a tough stretch for DeLuca, legally speaking. He was also snared in a federal investigation out of Boston along with James J. "Whitey" Bulger , leader of Boston's Winter Hill Gang and notorious hit-man Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. Read Full Story