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Brooke Astor's 85-Year Old Son Gets Prison Time

Anthony Marshall on the way to his sentencing in New York City. Louis Lanzano hide caption

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Anthony Marshall on the way to his sentencing in New York City.

Louis Lanzano

It's hard to imagine being 85-years old and heading off to a state prison for at least a year.

But that's exactly what has befallen Anthony Marshall, the octogenarian only child of the famous New York socialite and noted philanthropist who died two years ago. He was sentenced Monday.

Marshall was convicted earlier this year of robbing his mother's estate, estimated at $200 million, of money she had intended to go to charities. The case received national attention because it involved one of the most notable American fortunes.

Marshall's defense lawyers argued that any prison sentence was tantamount to a death sentence, according to an Associated Press report.

But Judge A. Kirk Bartley was obviously unmoved.

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