Brooke Astor's Son Sentenced to 1-3 Years
Anthony Marshall gets minimum sentence for fleecing mom
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2009 2:18 PM CST
In this April 28, 2009 file photo, Anthony Marshall and his wife Charlene Marshall, talk at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York. Marshall, philanthropist Brooke Astor's only son, is facing prison for...   (Marc A. Hermann)
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(Newser) – The 85-year-old son of philanthropist Brooke Astor was sentenced today to one to three years in prison for exploiting his mother's mental frailty to plunder her millions. Anthony Marshall received the minimum allowed under sentencing guidelines. The judge gave him 30 days to get his affairs in order, but Marshall might be able to stay free on bail even longer while his expected appeal proceeds.

Marshall tried unsuccessfully to get the judge to throw out the part of his October conviction that requires prison time. Defense lawyers have said the former ambassador's illnesses would make any prison term a virtual death sentence. Marshall was convicted of 14 counts, including first-degree grand larceny and scheming to defraud, for looting his mother's nearly $200 million fortune.