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NYC jury to hear closings in $6M 'Goodfellas' heist case

06 November 2015, 18:06

New York - A New York City jury is set to hear closing arguments at the trial of an aging gangster accused in a legendary $6 million heist that was retold in the Mafia movie "Goodfellas."

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Lawyers are to give their summations on Friday morning in the federal case against Vincent Asaro. The 80-year-old defendant has pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.

Asaro was arrested in 2014 after his crime family cousin came forward to tell authorities that the defendant helped plan the 1978 robbery of a Lufthansa cargo terminal at Kennedy Airport. At the time it was called one of the biggest heists in U.S. history.

The cousin wore a wire to make recordings played at the trial. The defense has accused the witness of framing Asaro to win leniency.

- AP


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