NEW YORK (AP)—
Anthony Marshall was sentenced Monday to the minimum allowed. But the judge gave him 30 days to get his affairs in order. He might then be able to stay free on bail indefinitely while his expected appeal proceeds.
Marshall tried unsuccessfully to get the judge to throw out the part of his October conviction that requires prison time. Defense lawyers have said the former ambassador's illnesses could make any prison term an undeserved death sentence.
Marshall was convicted of exploiting Astor's mental frailty to steal from her nearly $200 million fortune. She died at 105 in 2007.