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Brooke Astor's 85-Year Old Son Convicted Of Plundering Her Estate

Anthony Marshall exits Manhattan State Supreme Court with wife Charlene,Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, in New York. Louis Lanzano/AP Photo hide caption

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The son of Brooke Astor, one of America's most famous socialites and philanthropists, was found by a New York jury to not have been that good of a son.

The 85-year old Anthony D. Marshall was convicted on numerous counts of essentially ripping off his mother's nearly $200 million fortune while she was in her dotage.

NPR's Margot Adler had this report for the network's newscast:

Anthony Marshall, Brooke Astor's only son, was convicted of grand larceny, of defrauding his mother's estate and changing her will, while she was debilitated with Alzheimers. Astor died at 105 in 2007.

Marshall is 85 and ailing, but the heaviest charge he was convicted of, carries the possibility of a one to -25 year sentence.

Estate Lawyer Francis Morrisey was convicted of forging one of Astor's wills and could serve four years in jail.

The surprise announcement of a verdict came after fears of a possible mistrial. On Monday, a juror asked to be dismissed because she felt threatened by another juror. The judge earlier in the day was going to ask for a partial verdict. But the jury convicted on almost all counts.

Astor's third husband was Vincent Astor, heir to the fortune of America's first multi-millionaire, John Jacob Astor.

Marshall was her only child, a product of her first marriage to J. Drydem Kuser who she married when she was just 16. Her son wound up getting the surname of her second husband, Charles Marshall.