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Elderly Astor heir set for prison

An heir of the Astor fortune could be set to swap his Upper East Side apartment for a prison cell today, having exhausted almost all appeals for his conviction of siphoning millions of dollars from his mother, Brooke Astor.

An heir of the Astor fortune could be set to swap his Upper East Side apartment for a prison cell today, having exhausted almost all appeals for his conviction of siphoning millions of dollars from his mother, Brooke Astor.

Anthony Marshall, 89, was convicted in 2009, for elderly abuse. The lawsuit, filed by his son Philip in 2006, alleged Marshall allowed his mother – suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease – to live in squalor, while he enriched himself with income from her estate.

His lawyers are still fighting for a last minute reprieve.

Guardianship of the former socialite, who died in 2007 aged 105, was removed from Marshall and appointed to Annette de la Renta – wife of fashion designer Oscar de la Renta – as a result.

Marshall – a decorated war hero and former US ambassador – had appealed his conviction on the grounds a juror at the trial was strong-armed to vote guilty.

He was Astor’s only child, born from her first marriage. It was through her third marriage to Vincent Astor, in 1953, that she married into the iconic New York business family.

Widowed in 1959, and never remarrying, Astor dedicated herself to philanthropy, donating vast sums to the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Under Astor's will Marshall was set to inherit tens of millions of dollars, but following his conviction he instead received a settlement of $14.4 million (€10.9 million). 

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