Former Senate Leader Dean Skelos Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Former State Sen. Dean Skelos  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).
Former State Sen. Dean Skelos (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).


For the second time in two weeks, a man who was once among the most powerful politicians in New York State has been sentenced to prison.

Dean Skelos, the former Senate Republican Leader who was convicted of using his powerful position to land his son Adam Skelos no-show jobs and other perks, was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Kimba Wood in a federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan today. His son Adam, who was caught on wiretaps physically threatening people over business deals, was sentenced to more than seven years.

“You sent a message that you, one of the three most powerful politicians in New York State, were in some measure corrupt,” Judge Wood told the elder Skelos.

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