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Bankruptcy filing delays Strollo lawsuit



Published: Tue, August 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed in 2002.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A judge has stayed the civil trial filed by the wife of the man whose death was carried out at the instruction of former mob boss Lenny Strollo because of a bankruptcy filing.

The case had been set for jury selection Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court before Visiting Judge John R. Milligan.

The judge delayed the trial, however, because Strollo and his wife, Antoinette Russo, have filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in federal court.

Ernie Biondillo was 53 when he was shot in his car on Youngstown's East Side while driving to work in June 1996. Strollo has admitted giving the order to have Biondillo killed because the two were rivals in organized crime operations in the Mahoning Valley.

Linda Biondillo, of Campbell, filed a wrongful-death suit in common pleas court in February 2002, alleging Strollo and others were responsible for her husband's death.

That suit settled out of court in 2004, but Probate Court Judge Timothy P. Maloney said that because the settlement wasn't first approved by the probate court, it can't stand.

The settlement was then tossed and the case was placed back on the civil docket.




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