NEW YORK — A longtime captain in the Bonanno crime family was sentenced to eight years in prison for ordering his henchman –including famed Mobster John Gotti’s grandson — to set fire to the car of a man who had cut him off in traffic.
Vincent Asaro, 82, had been acquitted two years ago of taking part in the legendary Lufthansa heist at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1978 — a crime made famous in the film “Goodfellas” — but couldn’t escape justice this time.
He was also acquitted in 2015 of the 1969 of Paul Katz, who operated a warehouse used by the mob to store stolen goods and who later was later suspected of having become a government informant.
A made member of the Bonanno family for 40 years, prosecutors alleged that Asaro continued to engage in loan sharking even at his advanced age. In the end, the judge gave Asaro a sentence twice as long as federal guidelines suggested.
“I don’t care what happens to me at this point,” Asaro told the judge in Brooklyn federal court as he was being sent away. ‘What you sentenced me to is a death sentence anyway.’
Asaro was ultimately done in by a chance encounter in 2012 in Queens when another motorist cut him off at a traffic light. Asaro gave chase at high speed but the man got away.
Asaro then contacted an associate with access to law enforcement databases who was able to pinpoint the motorist’s home address using his license plate number. Asaro then dispatched three people — including the Dapper Don’s grandson, John J. Gotti, to torch the man’s car in his driveway.
Asaro pleaded guilty in June 2017. Gotti, 23, was hit with an eight-year sentence in March for running a multi-million dollar Oxycodone ring.