The 85-year-old son of the late New York socialite Brooke Astor was sentenced to at least one year in prison yesterday for looting his mother’s estate of money that had been set aside for charity.
Anthony Marshall, Astor’s only child, was sentenced to a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years by New York State Supreme Court Judge A. Kirke Bartley, who rejected a request from Marshall’s lawyers to spare him prison time.
“It is a paradox for me that such abundance has led to such incredible sadness,” Bartley said at the sentencing.
Defense lawyers argued prison time would equal a death sentence for Marshall because of his age and poor health, and they appealed his conviction.
Marshall remained free on bail for at least the next 30 days to give defense lawyers time to find a medically appropriate jail and to apply for bail pending the appeal.
A jury convicted Marshall in October of grand larceny, falsifying business reports and other charges tied to his handling of his mother’s fortune, estimated to be worth around $200 million.