Lawyers request compassionate release for 85-year-old mobster who can't even remember his children's names
Added 04-06-20 03:13:02pm EST - “Vincent Asaro, the mobster who beat the rap in the infamous 1978 Lufthansa case, is in extremely poor health and at high risk of dying of coronavirus if he catches the bug, his lawyers argued in court papers Monday.” - Nydailynews.com
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Vincent Asaro, the 85-year-old “Goodfellas” mobster who beat the rap in the infamous 1978 Lufthansa case, is in extremely poor health and at high risk of dying of coronavirus if he catches the bug, his lawyers argued in court papers Monday.
“He can no longer walk, go to the bathroom without assistance, speak in comprehensible sentences, perform basic life tasks, or remember the names of his children,” wrote Asaro’s lawyers in their application. “Mr. Asaro’s gender, advanced age and documented medical conditions make him uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19.”
Asaro has been in the can since 2017, since he copped to having John Gotti’s grandson torch the car of a man who cut Asaro off in traffic.
The federal Bureau of Prisons rejected a similar application for compassionate release filed by Asaro in January, but the arsonist’s lawyers say that decision was wrong at the time, and that COVID-19 makes his case for release even stronger.
The bedridden Asaro suffers from a laundry list of physical debilitations, after having suffered strokes while in custody. He suffers from “heart disease, kidney disease, hepatitis C, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol,” according to his lawyers.
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