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N.E. Mob Boss Salemme Gets 11 Years

February 23, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Reputed New England mob boss Francis ``Cadillac Frank″ Salemme was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years and four months in prison for charges stemming from a 1995 racketeering indictment.

Salemme, 66, pleaded guilty in December to more than a dozen counts of racketeering, loansharking and extortion. With credit for time served and time off for good behavior, he could be out of prison in five years.

``I want no part of anything ever again. ... I’ve learned my lesson,″ Salemme told U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf. ``Shame on me if it happens again.″

Prosecutors said Salemme was the head of the Patriarca family of the New England Mafia. He spent much of the 1970s and 1980s in prison for a car bomb attack on an attorney.

One co-defendant in the case, Stephen ``The Rifleman″ Flemmi, is awaiting trial. Another, James ``Whitey″ Bulger, fled after the his 1995 indictment on gambling, loan sharking and drug charges and remains on the lam.

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