Last Thursday, a federal judge sentence former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to five years in prison, and his son to six and one-half years. The two were convicted last November of extortion, wire fraud, solicitation of bribes and gratuities and honest services fraud after three separate companies were forced by threats against their interests before local and state governments to work for the Senator’s son.  Upon his conviction, he forfeited his Senate seat.

The defense team asked the court to allow for bail and postpone sentencing pending appeal. The court said that it will consider the request.

Gov. Cuomo issued the following statement:

“These sentences show there is zero tolerance for those who use public service for private gain. Today, the guilty were punished and justice prevailed.”