Aging mobster acquitted in 1978 heist retold in 'Goodfellas'
NEW YORK - An aging mobster has been acquitted of charges he helped plan the 1978 Lufthansa heist that was retold in the hit Mafia movie "Goodfellas."
A New York City jury reached the verdict Thursday at the federal racketeering trial of Vincent Asaro.
The 80-year-old Bonanno crime family member had remained in the shadows for decades after a $6 million armed robbery that was called the largest in U.S. history. But prosecutors charged him in 2014 after his cousin came forward to implicate him in the heist, a mob hit and other crimes.
The government's evidence included secret recordings of Asaro complaining he didn't get his fair share of the Lufthansa score.
Asaro's lawyers argued that he was framed by mob turncoats angling for leniency in their own cases.
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