Court date as Astor’s son seeks to avoid NY prison

NEW YORK (AP) — An 89-year-old heir to a famous fortune is hoping to stay out of a New York prison.

Anthony Marshall had been due to surrender Monday to serve one to three years. He was convicted of looting his mother’s money as her mind failed. She was the philanthropist Brooke Astor.

His lawyers filed papers Friday seeking a new trial. They also want a judge to let him stay free on bail until the request is resolved.

There’s a court date Monday. It’s unclear whether Marshall must appear.

The request hinges on a sworn statement from a juror who said she was strong-armed into a guilty vote.

Her claims were part of Marshall’s unsuccessful appeal, but his lawyers say the new statement merits at least a hearing.

Prosecutors had no immediate response.

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