In a decision that shocked even the defendant, a jury on Thursday cleared an old-school mobster of charges he helped carry out a record-setting heist nearly 40 years ago that inspired the movie “Goodfellas.”
It was a Hollywood ending for Vincent Asaro, 80, who could have spent the rest of his life in prison if convicted of racketeering charges, which included allegations of murder, solicitation of murder, extortion and robbery.
“Free!” Asaro exclaimed with his hands thrust into the air as he left the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. “I’m dying to get home.”
Asked what he planned to do once he got there, Asaro said, “Have a...