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The Latest: Ex-NY Senate leader’s son gets 4 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on the sentencing of former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam. (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

A federal judge has sentenced a son of former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos (SKEH’-lohs) to four years in prison after both men were convicted in a political corruption case.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood sentenced Adam Skelos on Wednesday, several hours after announcing that his father must serve four years and three months in prison.

Both were convicted at a summer retrial. Prosecutors alleged that Dean Skelos, a Republican, paved the way for his son to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars by pressuring businessmen in return for legislative acts that helped them.

Given a chance to talk, Adam Skelos said he and his father no longer speak. He says the loss of his relationship with his father was a loss he thought he’d only experience in death.


12:30 p.m.

Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos (SKEH’-lohs) 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 6½ years in prison for the 70-year-old grandfather while his lawyers said he should get no more than two years.

His son is scheduled for sentencing on Wednesday afternoon.

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

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