MAHONING COUNTY Wrongful-death suit seeks $5M from killers
A similar suit was filed by Biondillo's family in May 1999, then was dropped.
By BOB JACKSON
VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- The men who ordered a hit on mob figure Ernie Biondillo and the men who carried it out are being sued in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for $5 million.
The wrongful-death action was filed Monday against Lenny Strollo of Canfield, the former mob kingpin who has testified to ordering Biondillo's murder in 1996.
It also names Bernard Altshuler, who is accused of helping plan the killing, and Jeff Riddle, Cleveland Blair and George Wilkins, who the suit says carried out the hit.
All are serving prison sentences for their roles in mob-related activities, including Biondillo's murder.
What took place: Biondillo, 53, of Campbell, was shot in his car on the city's East Side while he was driving to work.
Strollo has testified that he and Biondillo were mob rivals and has admitted giving the order to have Biondillo killed.
A similar lawsuit was filed in May 1999, but was voluntarily dismissed by the Biondillo family Feb. 5, 2001.
Under Ohio law, the family had one year from that date to refile the suit, said Atty. Paul G. Perantinides of Akron, who filed this action.
The suit also names members of Strollo's family, businesses and business associates as defendants and seeks a court order to keep them from getting rid of any of Strollo's assets that could be recovered to help satisfy a judgment if the suit is successful.