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Lawyer and heiress' son who were convicted in siphoning of $60M from Brooke Astor estate lose appeal

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The son of an elderly heiress and a now-disbarred lawyer convicted of working together to siphon some $60 million from her estate have lost an appeal before a midlevel New York court.

Following the determination that Anthony D. Marshall, 88, and Francis X. Morrissey Jr. were appropriately convicted in 2009 concerning the estate of Marshall’s mother, Brooke Astor, who died in 2007 at age 105, they now appear likely to serve their one- to three-year prison sentences, reports the New York Times (reg. req.).

While the two could still appeal to the state’s highest court, such appeals rarely succeed, the newspaper says. Marshall was convicted of grand larceny, Morrissey of forging Astor’s name.

Bloomberg, the New York Daily News and the New York Post have stories, and a Reuters article about the decision by the Appellate Division, First Department was also reprinted by the New York Times (reg. req.).

After the conviction, Morrissey was disbarred. An opinion posted on Findlaw provides more details.

Also see: “Brooke Astor Estate Fight Settles; Her Son Gets Reduced Share of $14.5M Due to Criminal Conviction”

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