THE DISGRACED son of Brooke Astor pleaded for mercy in appeals court Thursday, arguing he didn’t deserve to die behind bars.
Anthony Marshall, who was convicted in 2009 of taking advantage of his mother’s dementia and plundering millions from her $200 million fortune, watched from a wheelchair as his lawyers argued prison amounted to a death sentence.
Lawyer John Cuti noted Marshall, 88, suffered a ministroke during his trial and had already paid back $12 million.
“You want to send this man to prison, after he’s already paid back the money, so he can die there?” Cuti asked.
Prosecutors countered Marshall should serve his sentence of one to three years as a sign the state will stick up for the mentally fragile.
“Society will understand (when) we defend our most vulnerable citizens,” prosecutor Gina Mignola said. “This was a very long and concerted effort to loot his mother’s estate.”
Astor, the grande dame of New York society, died in 2007 at 105.
A ruling is expected next year.
Brooke Astor’s son begs for break
Anthony Marshall was convincted of plundering millions from mom’s fortune in 2009
Stephen Rex Brown
December 13, 2012
New York Daily News