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Dean Skelos sentenced to 4.25 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) - An ex-New York state Senate leader convicted on public corruption charges wanted leniency to spare him from years behind bars.

Dean Skelos was sentenced to 4.25 years in prison on Wednesday.

Skelos and his son Adam's original convictions were rejected on appeal after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed public corruption law.

They were retried and convicted in July of extortion, wire fraud and bribery.

Lawyers say the strain of two trials has caused a rift between the elder Skelos and his son.

Adam Skelos was sentenced to four years in prison. His lawyers say he is a changed man.


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