Patrick Vilardo convicted of Arson
Man convicted of arson gets new trial CINCINNATI A man convicted of the arson of a Covington nightclub has been granted a new trial because his witnesses were not allowed time to reach the court The 6th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ordered a new trial in U. S. District Court for Patrick Vilardo of Cincinnati. Defense lawyer Harry Hellings Jr. said Tuesday he had relied on the prosecution's assurance that it would take two days to present its case. When it finished in one day, Vilardo's witnesses were not in court to testify. Vilardo was convicted in 1988 of conspiring to defraud an insurance insurance company, destruction of a commercial building by fire, and use of the mail and a telephone as a part of fraud. He was sentenced to six years in prison and fined $30,000 for the June 24, 1985, fire at the Top Shelf Lounge In Covington. He is in federal prison at Ashland.