The next thing that happens to Salemme who had been out of jail a little over a year was that in November 2004 he is charged with obstruction of justice and making false statement to an FBI agent about his involvement in the murder of Steve DiSarro. After DiSarro disappeared on November 2, 1999, Salemme had been interrogated more than six hours by federal prosecutors and state police about that. Obviously the prosecutors knew he was believed to have been involved at the time of Connolly’s trial but they apparently did nothing to pursue it and let him claim to be ignorant of it.
On July 16, 2008 Salemme consummated a plea deal with Wyshak. He could have received much more time without the deal and be kept off the street but Wyshak agreed to a deal that sentenced him to five years. Salemme got credit for four years already served in prison. He was to be released in six months’ time in January 2009. He would be back out on the street until charge with DiSarro’s murder.
It was reported on September 13, 2018, “Longtime federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak at one point choked back tears as he spoke about the crimes of the mobster, after whom Wyshak has been going since the 1990s.This man is ruthless, barbaric and he is an individual who richly deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison,” Wyshak said of the 84-year-old gangster. He went on: “It grieves me that it’s taken this long to put him away for the rest of his life, because he richly deserves that.”
Wyshak had used Salemme and vouched for his veracity of a person who everyone knew was “ruthless and barbaric” when he used him as a witness. If I suggest Durham’s partner Wyshak was shedding crocodile tears perhaps I would not be wrong. I say that because he and Durham more than anyone else facilitated Salemme being on the street. They did that because back in 2000 when they decided to have him go to bat for them so that they could get retired FBI Agent John Connolly.
These prosecutors would also arrange the deal for John Martorano that I wrote about; dealt with Steve Flemmi who murdered his girlfriend, step daughter, and countless others who was sentenced to life in federal prison but avoided being confined under the oversight of the Bureau of Prisons; and gave Kevin Weeks who was facing double figures for the crimes he was indicted for, agreed that he could do five years for five murders. They also gave other people accused of murder such as Howie Winter and Pat Nee breaks by keeping their names out of the trial.
Those three men with multiple murders to their credit must smile when they see Trump’s pro-life Attorney General Barr pushing for federal executions. He carried out three executions in four days of men who committed far less murders than those who cooperated with Durham. When thinking of him look at the extent of the deals he is willing to make to gain testimony.
There were other thing Salemme lied about but it was sort of incredible in the first place that Prosecutor Durham was using the head of a Mafia family to testify against an FBI agent who had arrested him in New York City in 1972 which caused him to spend the next 16 years in prison.
Connolly was convicted by a jury of a minority of the counts he faced. He was sentenced 121 months in prison which was at the top of the scale of possible sentencing. This was a heavy hit especially considering the jury verdict. Judge Joseph Tauro explained that his main reason for doing this was Connolly’s attempt to undermine the case being handled by another judge in his courthouse, Judge Mark Wolf.