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Friday, April 17, 2020

Judge releases legendary Bonanno captain from prison due to declining health and coronavirus concerns

This old fella is getting out of the can.

Vincent Asaro, 85, who dodged a guilty conviction in the notorious 1978 Lufthansa heist depicted in Martin Scorsese’s film “Goodfellas,” was ordered released from prison by a Brooklyn judge Friday over concerns about coronavirus and the longtime mobster’s rapidly declining health.

The Bonnano family capo pleaded guilty in 2017 to ordering associates — including the late Gambino boss John Gotti’s grandson — to burn the car of a man who cut him off in Howard Beach.

“Asaro’s age, in combination with his deteriorating health, constitutes an extraordinary and compelling reason for his release,” wrote Brooklyn Federal Judge Allyne Ross, in her ruling. “In addition, the combination of the COVID-19 health crisis and Asaro’s age and pre-existing conditions constitutes an extraordinary and compelling reason for his release.”

Asaro, who is currently being held at a federal medical facility in Missouri, suffered a stroke in 2019 and now struggles to speak in complex sentences, feed himself and use the bathroom on his own. He even forgot the names of his children, according to defense lawyers.

Judge Ross determined that Asaro no longer posed a real threat to society if released.

“While I do not know whether Asaro currently has the ability or the power to command others in his organization to carry out criminal acts at his will, I do not believe that, given Asaro’s current state, his release would put the public at a significantly increased risk of danger,” Ross wrote. “And, considering his impairments ... he is not likely to be orchestrating complex criminal schemes.”

Federal authorities who opposed the application for compassionate release, are reviewing the decision and considering their legal options, a spokesman said.


1 comment:

  1. Good thing they released him. He was a criminal no doubt but he was slammed so hard for his "alleged involvement" in the Lufthansa Heist. They couldn't prove nothing so his next set of charges they fucked him to make up for it. Happy to hear Asaro is home with Family during this terrible time in the World and I hope all the best for him.