Mobster once charged in airport heist gets prison for arson

Leslie Hanson
December 30, 2017

Two years after he was sensationally acquitted of murder and the 1978 Lufthansa heist, NY mobster Vincent Asaro finally got his comeuppance Thursday, sentenced to eight years for arson.

"I don't care what happens to me", Asaro told U.S. District Judge Allyne R. Ross.

'I was on my way home, ' he said. "It just got out of hand".

NY may have recorded a dramatic fall in crime this year, including the lowest annual murder total since the 1950s, but a sentencing hearing in Brooklyn on Thursday revealed the persistence of some of the city's most famous criminal traditions. "What you sentenced me to is a death sentence anyway".

Asaro, an alleged member of the Bonanno crime family, pleaded guilty to the arson charges back in June; however, he claimed he never met or knew the person who actually torched the vehicle.

Prosecutors were dealt a stunning blow when a Brooklyn jury in November 2015 acquitted Asaro of involvement in an infamous heist at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport - immortalized in Martin Scorsese's 1990 Oscar-winning movie "Goodfellas", which does not depict Asaro specifically.

Asaro, 82 - a capo from the Bonanno organized crime family - now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars for ordering an arson attack on a vehicle in 2012.

William Sweeney, head of New York's Federal Bureau of Investigation office, said the mobster contacted an associate with access to a law enforcement database, identified the number plate of the auto and devised a plan to torch the vehicle in front of the motorist's home.

"The anger that propelled Asaro to action is reminiscent of so many scripted Hollywood dramas", said Rohde, "but unlike the fame and fortune of the big screen, Asaro's story ends on a different note".

Before the announcement of the sentence, defense attorney Elizabeth Macedonio blamed the government for the long prison term, saying prosecutors were "asking you to sentence him for crimes he was acquitted of that occurred 50 or 60 years ago".

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