Son of Late Heiress Convicted Of Stealing From Her Estate

October 9, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Anthony Marshall, son of the late Brooke Astor, has been convicted of stealing millions of dollars from her estate.

The 85-year-old is now facing 1 – 25 years in prison for the thefts, though it is believed he will appeal the conviction.

According to court documents, Marshall and his attorney, Francis Morrissey, tricked the ailing heiress into changing her will.

The jury found that Astor could not have consented to adding millions to the windfall of her son at the time, as the 101-year-old had advanced Alzheimer’s.

Among the 70 witnesses that spoke about her confused state of mind were Barbara Walters, Henry Kissinger, and Viscount Astor.

The accusations of the prosecution were that Marshall and Morrissey took millions of dollars that Astor had planned on leaving to various charitable organizations around New York.

The heiress was well known for her charitable contributions, such as to public libraries, and Carnegie Hall.

It was Philip, Marshall’s son, that first brought the case to the attention to the authorities.

According to Philip, Marshall was forcing Astor to sleep on a urine stained sofa, wear torn clothing, and eat insufficient food, all after firing her entire staff and lawyer, the only people who would have been present to protect her.

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