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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Additional charges expected against Bonanno captain charged in Lufthansa heist case

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Prosecutors plan to hit the Bonanno gangster charged in the infamous Lufthansa airport heist with new charges in a superseding indictment.

Reputed capo Vincent Asaro, 79, looked gaunt and shivered uncontrollably as his lawyer argued for a postponement of the racketeering trial scheduled for July in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Argentieri did not disclose the nature of the two additional counts he will be facing, but they must be of some vintage because she said the evidence is contained on cassette tapes and must be converted to modern media.

Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino and Joe Pesci starred in 'Goodfellas', 1990, about the Kennedy Airport heist.

Asaro is expected to be hit with two additional charges.

The feds have a lineup of rats including ex-Bonanno boss Joseph Massino, ex-underboss Salvatore Vitale and Asaro's cousin Gaspar Valenti to link him to the $6 million Kennedy Airport robbery carried out in 1978 and immortalized in the film "Goodfellas."

Asaro is also charged with the gangland murder of mob associate Paul Katz which was carried out as a favor to Lucchese mobster James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, who was portrayed by actor Robert DeNiro in "Goodfellas." Asaro's son Jerome pleaded guilty last year to digging up Katz's remains and moving the evidence from the basement of a Queens house owned by Burke in the 1980s.

Outside court, defense lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio said her client has a litany of medical problems but attributed the shivering to him simply feeling cold in the courtroom.



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