Two years ago, a "reputed" NJ mob boss who had been on the lam for 10 years was spotted at an Upper West Side bodega and then arrested to face to murder charges for the 1977 killing of John “Johnny Cokes” Lardiere. Yesterday, a NJ judge dismissed the charges against Michael "Mikey Cigars" Coppola because the prosecution had taken too long to bring the case to a grand jury. However, the Star-Ledger reports, "That does not stop the state from continuing its investigation or presenting the matter to a grand jury in the future, [Superior Court Justice Paul] Armstrong said. 'The state and the defense are fully aware that there is no statute of limitations on a charge of murder,' Armstrong said." Coppola won't be going anyway, because he's serving a 42-month sentence for being a fugitive.
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