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Former NY Senate Leader Released From Prison After Coronavirus Diagnosis

Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt
Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos

Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos was released from prison Tuesday to confinement at his Rockville Centre home after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Skelos, a Republican, tested positive on April 8. The 72-year-old has been serving a four-year, three-month prison term at the Otisville minimum-security facility in Orange County after he was convicted of extortion, wire fraud and bribery in 2018. Prosecutors opposed his request for compassionate release. A judge had not yet ruled, but the federal Bureau of Prisons decided he could return home as a result of the coronavirus threat.

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