The Latest: Prosecutor calls sentencing a sad day for NY


NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of former Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

A prosecutor has addressed the judge in the sentencing of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (SKEH’-lohs) and his son, calling it a sad day for the state of New York.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Masimore said at the Thursday sentencing that the people of the state deserve better.

He says it doesn’t matter that the father and son were blinded by their love for each other when they committed their crimes. He says that would be like robbing a bank and then saying it was done for the benefit of family.

Judge Kimba Wood is preparing to sentence the 68-year-old Long Island Republican and his 33-year-old son, Adam. They were convicted last year of extortion, bribery and conspiracy.

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11:30 a.m.

Former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (SKEH’-lohs) and his son, Adam, have apologized while speaking to a judge before sentencing in their corruption case.

Dean Skelos told Judge Kimba Wood on Thursday that the bribery, extortion and conspiracy convictions last year had destroyed his reputation. He asked that she be lenient to his son.

The son said he was deeply embarrassed by his actions and regretted what he had done. He choked up as he said he loved his father more than anyone in the world. As Adam Skelos spoke from a lectern, his father could be seen wiping his eyes from his seat.

Prosecutors say the Long Island Republican pressured companies to provide about $300,000 to his son.

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11:05 a.m.

The close relationship between ex-New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (SKEH’-lohs) and his son, Adam, have become a central point of contention at their sentencing hearing.

Judge Kimba Wood on Thursday interrupted defense attorney G. Robert Gage to ask about it. She asked why the father did not simply ask his many friends to help his son get a job rather than extort companies.

The lawyer says he wishes he had. As he spoke, Dean Skelos and his son sat side by side, both with their hands folded before them.

They were convicted last year of bribery, extortion and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say the Long Island Republican pressured companies to provide about $300,000 to his son. Gage says his client stuck by his son, perhaps to a fault.

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10:35 a.m.

A sentencing hearing has begun for former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, who were convicted of corruption charges.

Judge Kimba Wood says she plans to sentence the father before the son Thursday.

The sentencing of the 68-year-old Long Island Republican comes little more than a week after the sentencing of his Democratic counterpart, ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver received 12 years in prison in a bribery case.

Dean Skelos and his son were convicted last year of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. Prosecutors say Dean Skelos used his powerful position to pressure companies into providing about $300,000 to his son.

Defense attorneys argued that the evidence simply showed that Dean Skelos was a devoted father looking out for his son.

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12:20 a.m.

Another disgraced New York powerbroker is facing sentencing in a political corruption case.

Former Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, are scheduled to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday morning. Their sentencing comes less than two weeks after former Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver got a 12-year prison term in a separate bribery case.

A jury convicted the father and son last year on extortion and other charges accusing them of using the Long Island Republican’s position to pressure businesses to provide the son with roughly $300,000 through consulting work, a no-show job and a payment of $20,000.

The government has told a judge each man deserves a stiff sentence. The defendants have asked for probation and community service.