Thursday, November 12, 2015

Aging mobster acquitted in 1978 heist retold in ‘Goodfellas’


NEW YORK – An aging mobster who stayed mostly in the shadows for decades by adhering to the Mafia’s strict code of silence was acquitted Thursday of charges he helped plan a legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film “Goodfellas.”

A federal jury reached the verdict at a Brooklyn racketeering trial where it heard testimony that portrayed 80-year-old Vincent Asaro as a throwback to an era when New York’s five organized crime families comprised a secret society that committed brazen crimes and settled scores with bloodshed.

Asaro, whose father and grandfather were members of the secretive Bonanno crime family, “was born into that life and he fully embraced it,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicyn Cooley said in closing arguments. More

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