Astor Heir Deemed Eligible for Medical Parole

NEW YORK (AP) -

The son of the late New York City philanthropist Brooke Astor, who was convicted of defrauding her, has been classified as eligible for medical parole because of his frail health, according to the Department of Correction.

Anthony Marshall, who is 89 and depends on a wheelchair, is scheduled to go before a parole board the week of Aug. 19. He began last month serving a one-to three-year prison sentence at the Fishkill Correctional Facility having been convicted on charges of taking advantage of his aging mother’s slipping mind to loot her multimillion-dollar fortune.

Marshall suffers from Parkinson’s disease and congestive heart failure. He lost a series of bids to get a new trial or to get his prison term nixed because of his failing health. He applied for medical parole soon after starting his sentence. State law allows medical parole for inmates who are terminally ill or have serious and permanent illnesses.