Brooke Astor’s Estate Swindled by Her Son?

Anthony Marshall, son of well known New York philanthropist Brooke Astor, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for allegedly taking money from his mother’s estate.

Astor passed away in 2007.

According to a New York Times article, the prosecution claimed that Marshall took millions from his elderly mother. He allegedly gave himself a $1 million raise for handling his mother’s affairs.

The six month trial ended, and Marshall faces criminal charges of 13 felonies and one misdemeanor. The charges include first degree grand larceny and scheming to defraud his late mother.

But Marshall was not the only one convicted in the trial. His former attorney – Francis Morrissey – was also convicted for four felonies and a misdemeanor including forgery and scheming to defraud Astor.

Morrissey allegedly had Ms. Astor change her will to benefit Marshall. He received the same sentence of one to three years in prison.

According to the court ruling, the men must surrender on January 19, 2010 and their prison sentence will begin.

In addition to prison time, the prosecution also requested that Marshall pay $12.3 million in restitution.

With Astor and Marshall’s social status in New York, the trial created media frenzy. Celebs wrote to the court to plead with the judge not to sentence Marshall to any jail time.

CNN reported that celebs including Whoopi Goldberg and Al Roker wrote the judge stating Marshall was already a broken man. They claim he was depicted in a negative light throughout the whole trial.
Roker, who met Marshall 10 years ago at a church meeting, stated he had suffered enough and has already received a far greater punishment than any judge could sentence him.

Roker was referencing Marshall’s son who testified against him in the court hearings.

Marshall’s attorneys are going to file an appeal. They do not feel as though he can handle jail time. During the trial they stated Marshall’s health could not withstand prison.

The defense team raised concerns about Marshall’s physical health, as he is 85 years old.

Mr. Marshall has a long record of health issues. Last year he had quadruple bypass surgery, and his lawyers presented statements from his doctors claiming his health was weakening throughout the trial.

Marshall is a free man until January 19th and in the meantime his attorneys are working on the appeal.

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