Ex-Assembly speaker Silver sentenced to 6 1/2 years

The sentencing by U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni in Manhattan came after she insisted that the 76-year-old Democrat come to court in person to hear his punishment.

News 12 Staff

Jul 20, 2020, 8:23 PM

Updated 1,409 days ago

Share:

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced Monday to 6 1/2 years in prison in the corruption case that drove him from power.
The sentencing by U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni in Manhattan came after she insisted that the 76-year-old Democrat come to court in person to hear his punishment, rather than appear remotely because of concerns about exposure to the coronavirus.
Silver appeared in the courtroom wearing a blue mask and clear plastic gloves.
In a handwritten letter to the judge, Silver, who was one of New York's most powerful politicians in his 21 years as Assembly speaker, had asked that he be spared a prison term that would cause him to die in prison.
Prosecutors had urged that he go to prison for seven years for bribery and extortion.
Silver was ousted as speaker in 2015 and convicted later that year, but appeals have so far kept him out of jail. His original conviction was overturned on appeal but Silver was convicted again in 2018. Part of that conviction was then tossed out on another appeal, leading to yet another sentencing hearing Monday.
“Your Honor, I do not want to die in prison. This case has been going on for more than five years, but I feel like I have aged 15 or 20 years. My fate is in your hands,” Silver wrote in his letter to the judge.
Silver said he ruined his legacy and was now angry, sad and ashamed and believed: “I am ruined.”
His lawyers, meanwhile, had asked for leniency, saying Silver was an obese man in his 70s with a history of cancer, chronic kidney disease and other health problems that make him among those most at risk of dying from COVID-19.
In the part of the case that survived the appeal process, Silver was convicted in a scheme that involved favors and business traded between two real estate developers and a law firm. Silver supported legislation that benefited the developers. The developers then referred certain tax business to a law firm that paid Silver fees.


More from News 12
1:03
NYPD officers and community to bid farewell to Julianna Torsiello

NYPD officers and community to bid farewell to Julianna Torsiello

2:13
Low chance for pop-up showers today, simply gorgeous tomorrow through the upcoming weekend

Low chance for pop-up showers today, simply gorgeous tomorrow through the upcoming weekend

2:01
Police in the Hudson Valley urge residents to lock their cars amid rise in break-ins

Police in the Hudson Valley urge residents to lock their cars amid rise in break-ins

0:33
More financial help on the way for flood-affected residents and businesses

More financial help on the way for flood-affected residents and businesses

0:27
New push to pause plans for battery storage facility in Carmel

New push to pause plans for battery storage facility in Carmel

0:59
Headlines: ‘Son of Sam’ killer denied parole, shooting victim identified, car-truck collision

Headlines: ‘Son of Sam’ killer denied parole, shooting victim identified, car-truck collision

Is your dad awesome? Hudson Valley tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Hudson Valley tell us why your dad rocks!

0:31
Stony Point police chief retires after nearly four decades in law enforcement

Stony Point police chief retires after nearly four decades in law enforcement

1:51
Explore the historic home of four generations of the Rockefeller family

Explore the historic home of four generations of the Rockefeller family

0:32
Walgreens slashing prices on over 1,500 products

Walgreens slashing prices on over 1,500 products

2:02
Mom takes legal action against New Rochelle school district, claims aide violently yanked, yelled at autistic son

Mom takes legal action against New Rochelle school district, claims aide violently yanked, yelled at autistic son

0:30
Preliminary injunction granted to stop JCCA from operating program for migrant children at Cottage School

Preliminary injunction granted to stop JCCA from operating program for migrant children at Cottage School

1:33
33 charged in Orange County's largest illegal weapons and cocaine investigation

33 charged in Orange County's largest illegal weapons and cocaine investigation

0:48
Ex-Briarcliff Manor officer convicted of 4 murders pleads innocence to judge in letter ahead of sentencing

Ex-Briarcliff Manor officer convicted of 4 murders pleads innocence to judge in letter ahead of sentencing

1:57
Rockland County school district continues to grapple with next year's budget

Rockland County school district continues to grapple with next year's budget

0:26
3-day Greek festival set to take place in Yonkers

3-day Greek festival set to take place in Yonkers

1:59
Michelin-star chef brings passion for Indian food to Eastchester

Michelin-star chef brings passion for Indian food to Eastchester

1:25
Dozens evacuated due to fire in New Rochelle apartment complex

Dozens evacuated due to fire in New Rochelle apartment complex

1:32
Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Exclusive Deals – Up to 50% OFF!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Exclusive Deals – Up to 50% OFF!

2:37
Garden Guide: This classic flower is becoming very popular

Garden Guide: This classic flower is becoming very popular