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Heir sent to prison in Astor theft case

on June 22, 2013 10:19 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — An 89-year-old heir to a famous fortune was headed for a prison Friday after years of fighting his conviction on charges of plundering millions of dollars from his philanthropist mother, Brooke Astor.

A judge ordered Anthony Marshall to start serving his one- to three-year term. Marshall was sentenced in 2009 but had been free on bail during an appeal. He lost a series of requests to get a new trial and to stay out of prison because of his failing health.

Prosecutors said Marshall, a decorated World War II veteran and former U.S. ambassador, exploited his mother’s failing mind to loot her millions. After she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he bought himself pricey gifts, including a $920,000 yacht, with her money; took valuable artwork off her walls; and engineered changes to her will that gave him control of most of her estate, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said.

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