Lawyers seek mercy for ex-NY state Senate leader, son

Dean Skelos,
Dean Skelos (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam, who were convicted of charges that the once-powerful Republican used his office to extort about $300,000 in salary and other benefits for the son, are asking a judge not to send them to prison.

The Skelos’ lawyers filed papers in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday each asking for sentences of probation.

Adam Skelos’ attorney asked the judge to “show mercy” on the 33-year-old. His father’s lawyer cited Dean Skelos’ long history of public service and asked the judge to also consider multi-year community service as part of his punishment.

Prosecutors had said the two pressured three companies into agreeing to employ the son.

The two are to be sentenced April 28. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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