Posted Aug 22, 2013 09:50 pm CDT
Saying the 89-year-old son of socialite Brooke Astor is too frail and sick to be in prison, New York’s parole board decided Thursday to release the man.
Anthony D. Marshall had served only 60 days of his one- to three-year sentence.
The New York Times reports that the decision to release Marshall is a “stark turnaround” from assurances made by corrections officials that they were equipped to handle Marshall’s health care needs, which were detailed in 900 pages of records submitted by his lawyers before his incarceration.
Marshall’s lawyers made the request for medical parole shortly after he was imprisoned in June, the Times reports. In addition to having trouble walking and standing, he suffers from Parkinson’s disease and congestive heart failure.
In 2009, Marshall and Astor family lawyer Francis X. Morrissey Jr. were convicted of siphoning $60 million from Brooke Astor, who was more than 100 years old at the time of the scheme. She reportedly suffered from dementia and had diminished mental capacity during her final years. She died in 2007 at at 105.