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Ex-NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos Sentenced To More Than 4 Years In Prison

October 24, 2018 - 1:51 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos has been sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in prison after his conviction on public corruption charges. 

Judge Kimba Wood announced the penalty for the longtime Republican powerbroker on Wednesday. 

Skelos and his son Adam were convicted in July for a second time on charges of extortion, wire fraud and bribery. Their first convictions were rejected on appeal after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed public corruption law. 

Prosecutors had urged at least 61/2 years in prison for the 70-year-old grandfather while his lawyers said he should get no more than two years. 

Lawyers say the strain of two trials has caused a rift between the elder Skelos and his son.

Adam Skelos was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to four years in prison. 

Adam Skelos’s lawyers say he is a changed man.

(© WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)