Yesterday, Justice A. Kirke Bartley sentenced Anthony Marshall to one to three years in prison, for crimes related to stealing the fortune of his mother, the late philanthropist Brooke Astor. Bartley said, "It is a paradox to me that such abundance has led to such incredible sadness. What would [Brooke Artor] say if she were here? Would she blanch at the spectacle?"

The NY Times reports that the "sentence covered the most serious of the 14 counts on which he was convicted: first-degree grand larceny, for giving himself a retroactive lump-sum raise of about $1 million for managing his mother’s finances. Justice Bartley also gave Mr. Marshall a one-year sentences for each of the 13 other counts, to run at the same time as the longer sentence."

Bartley also remarked on Marshall's wife Charlene (prosecutors alleged that her greed prompted Marshall to maneuver for more money), "It is my view that [lawyer Francis X.] Morrissey and Mr. Marshall -- and, for that matter, Charlene Marshall as well -- are inextricably linked in the evolution of the acts that ultimately resulted in the convictions." And the Daily News' Michael Daly notes that Marshall's service as a Marine during World War II saved him from a harsher sentence; Bartley said, "That sacrifice alone entitles you to the gratitude of this entire country, and there is nothing that will ever diminish that. And that weighs very heavily in my decision in this case."

Marshall, who is 85, can remain free on bail while appealing the conviction. But if he does go to prison, he would go to a senior citizens-style prison, not a lockup like Sing Sing.