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'Goodfellas' Gangster Found Not Guilty in 1978 Lufthansa Heist

12 November 2015 2:54 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the classic 1990 masterpiece Goodfellas is back in the news today. 80-year-old Vincent Asaro was acquitted of all charges in the case against him. He walked out of federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday a free man. The not guilty verdict came after years of Asaro hiding in the shadows and adhering to a strict Mafia code of silence. He was accused of helping to plan the infamous heist.

Asaro was portrayed in court as a throwback to a bygone era, from a time when New York's five primary organized crime families made up a secret society. Its members were said to be hardened gangsters who settled their conflicts with bloodshed. The federal jury reached their verdict in the Brooklyn racketeering trial after a little more than two days of deliberations. The verdict left those in attendance stunned. About his character, Assistant U.S. Attorney »

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