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Prosecutors seek tougher sentence for Dean Skelos in 2nd try

Prosecutors want a judge to give a former New York state Senate leader a longer prison term than the five years he received at a previous sentencing.

Posted: Oct 20, 2018 7:23 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors want a judge to give a former New York state Senate leader a longer prison term than the five years he received at a previous sentencing.

They said in papers Friday in Manhattan federal court that Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) deserves more time than before because he repeatedly lied while testifying at a retrial.

The onetime powerful Republican, facing sentencing next week, was sentenced to five years in prison after a 2015 conviction. The conviction and sentence were overturned on appeal.

The 70-year-old Skelos and his son, Adam, were convicted again in July on extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges.

Prosecutors say Skelos pressured businesses to give his son no-show jobs or risk losing his political support.

Lawyers for Dean Skelos say he should get no more than two years.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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