Anthony Vitiello, 38, of 43-60 163rd St. had been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder of John McDonnell on June 13, 1995, according to a spokesman for District Attorney Richard Brown. McDonnell had testified in court that Vitiello had shot him multiple times at close range in the parking lot of the Scobee Diner in Little Neck, the spokesman said. McDonnell's testimony was considered critical to Vitiello's conviction, according to the spokesman.In addition, Vitiello had been sentenced to prison for the manslaughter of 22-year-old Elizabeth Lusby at his home after contending he had acted in self-defense, The New York Times reported last week. In New York state, manslaughter carries a maximum prison sentence of 8 1/2 to 25 years.Vitiello won an appeal of the Lusby conviction and it was revealed that prosecutors in the McDonnell trial did not disclose an investigation into McDonnell's role in a drug ring that operated out of Bayside and Flushing bars, according to The Times.McDo
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