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Feds Won't Seek Prison For NY Senator Guilty Of Lying To FBI

Sen. Tom Libous reading to children.
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Federal prosecutors say they will not seek prison time for a New York state senator convicted of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son because the former lawmaker is terminally ill.

Prosecutors recommended in a filing Monday that Tom Libous be sentenced to house arrest and a fine but didn't give specifics.

Court papers say Libous has been undergoing treatment for cancer.

He lost his seat as the Senate's deputy majority leader after being convicted in July. Prosecutors say he lied to agents who were investigating government corruption. The agents were asking how Libous' son Matthew got a $150,000-a-year job with a White Plains law firm.

Libous' attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 24.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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