Brooke Astor's son sent to prison in theft case

Brooke Astor's son sent to prison in theft case

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By JENNIFER PELTZ | AP

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

A Manhattan judge on Friday ordered Anthony Marshall to start serving his one- to three-year term.

Marshall was sentenced in 2009 but 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 exploited his mother's failing mind to loot her millions. Marshall said that she knowingly changed her will to benefit him and that he had legal authority for gifts he awarded himself from her money.

Astor was a fixture of New York society before she died in 2007 at 105.

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