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Tony Packo’s hot dog trial ends in acquittal

TOLEDO, Ohio – The grandson of an Ohio man who founded a hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series “M-A-S-H” has been acquitted of stealing close to a quarter-million dollars from the company.

Jurors in Toledo took only an hour Thursday to come back with not guilty verdicts in favor of Tony Packo III and a company controller.

Prosecutors accused the pair of working together to steal from the restaurant chain. Defense attorneys say the charges stemmed from a family feud over control of the restaurant.

Actor Jamie Farr made Tony Packo’s famous in the 1970s when he portrayed a homesick U.S. soldier in the Korean War who longed for Packo’s hot dogs.

The restaurant chain was sold this year after a yearlong battle over ownership.

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