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Vincent Asaro, 'Goodfellas' Mob Suspect, Given 8 Years in 2012 Revenge Torching of a Car

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By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 01:23 PM

Vincent Asaro, 82, an acquitted suspect in the “Goodfellas” 1978 Lufthansa Airlines heist, was given an eight-year prison sentence for a 2012 car-torching he admitted ordering because the driver had cut him off in traffic, Fox News reported.

Asaro apologized in court on Thursday after pleading guilty to the incident in June, calling the act “the stupid thing I did.” He also called the eight years in prison a death sentence.

In recent years Asaro fought off charges for involvement in a 1969 murder, as well as the notorious robbery at JFK Airport that was dramatized in the Hollywood blockbuster, according to the New York Daily News.

Prosecutors went after Asaro again earlier this year when they filed charges against him for the car-torching incident, calling for a 15-year sentence.

“This defendant has never been held accountable for his actions,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsay Gerdes, per the Daily News.

Asaro’s lawyer, Elizabeth Macedonio, argued the ruling was “excessive,” saying the case reeked of “vengeful blindness” by prosecutors unsuccessful in convicting the mobster in 2015, The New York Times reported.

“It’s not about the arson,” she said at the sentencing. “It’s really about the acquittal.”

Judge Allyne Ross noted Asaro’s history of crime, saying it was not the first time the mobster had appeared in the courtroom.

“I have no illusions that Mr. Asaro will be rehabilitated by a prison stint,” said Ross, per The New York Daily News. “If he had not aged out of a life of crime at the age of 77, I have little hope that he will do so.”

Responding to the sentencing, Asaro said, “I don't care what happens to me at this point, your honor. What you sentenced me to is a death sentence,” per the Daily News.

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Vincent Asaro, 82, an acquitted suspect in the “Goodfellas” 1978 Lufthansa Airlines heist, was given an eight-year prison sentence for a 2012 car-torching he admitted ordering because the driver had cut him off in traffic.
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