Reputed NY mobster gets $300,000 settlement for conviction

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NEW YORK (AP) — A reputed New York mobster has won a $300,000 settlement after his conviction for a 1994 murder was overturned.

The Daily News reports ( ) that Mario Fortunato's lawsuit was settled in the New York state Court of Claims on Dec. 19.

Fortunato's lawyer, Irving Cohen, declined to comment Tuesday.

Fortunato was convicted in federal court and later in state court in the 1994 murder of Tino Lombardi. Both verdicts were overturned by appeals courts.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman confirmed the settlement for the 22 months that Fortunato spent in state prison.

Fortunato was charged with luring Lombardi to a Mafia social club in Brooklyn where he was shot by hit men.

Mobster-turned-informant Michael D'Urso was wounded in the shooting. He called the settlement "a complete disgrace."


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