- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The latest in the New York trial of an aging mobster accused of helping to plan an airport heist immortalized in “Goodfellas” (all times local):

6 p.m.

Jurors in the racketeering trial of an aging mobster accused of helping to plan a decades-old New York City airport heist immortalized in the movie “Goodfellas” have gotten the case.

The jurors deciding Vincent Asaro’s fate deliberated for about a half-hour Monday. They resume Tuesday.

The government alleges the 80-year-old Asaro in his heyday helped plan the $6 million armed holdup at a Lufthansa cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It says he bonded with late mobster James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke, who orchestrated the 1978 heist and inspired the mob character played by Robert De Niro in “Goodfellas.”

A defense attorney says the government used opportunistic Mafia turncoats to make its case against Asaro. She calls the cooperating witnesses “despicable people” and “accomplished liars.”

Asaro could face life in prison if convicted.

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4:30 p.m.

A defense attorney has accused the government of using shady cooperators to make its case against an aging mobster in a decades-old New York City airport heist immortalized in the hit Mafia movie “Goodfellas.”

In closing arguments on Monday at the Brooklyn trial of Vincent Asaro, lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio called the prosecution’s witnesses “despicable people” and “accomplished liars.”

Federal prosecutors have said the 80-year-old Asaro in his heyday helped plan the legendary $6 million armed holdup at a Lufthansa cargo terminal at Kennedy Airport in 1978. They also have accused him of continuing his life of crime with the Bonanno crime family into his twilight years.

The prosecution gave its closing argument on Friday. A jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday.

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