Convicted Long Island lawmaker Dean Skelos will be released from prison into home custody following his positive coronavirus test, federal prosecutors revealed Wednesday.
Skelos, once the Empire State’s most powerful Republican, tested positive for the dangerous disease on April 8 and has been in quarantine, according to the paperwork.
“Skelos will be approved for furlough and home confinement, pending approval of his proposed residence by the United States Probation Department,” Manhattan federal prosecutors wrote in the four-page document.
They added that the BOP had informed them that “Skelos has now been cleared by medical staff at the facility for release, and release paperwork is currently being prepared.”
Skelos was locked up at the Otisville minimum-security facility in Orange County.
The former leader of the state Senate was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison in 2018 on charges that he used his considerable power to strong-arm companies into providing do-nothing jobs to his son, Adam.
At the time, Skelos took the stand and argued the jobs he sought for his adopted son were innocent favors among “friends.”
Prosecutors countered with numerous witnesses who testified they felt they had no choice but to employ Skelos’s son because he controlled legislation that could make or break their businesses.
It was Skelos’s second trial over the scandal.
The conviction from the first was tossed after by the US Supreme Court which found the judge in the case had too broadly defined to the jury what actions qualified as corruption.
That initial trial, held in 2015, included explosive recordings of wiretapped conversations between the pair that were played in court and prominently featured in court filings.
“You can’t talk normally because it’s like f–king Preet Bharara is listening to every f–king phone call,” Adam whined to his dad about Bharara, the then-top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, according to the criminal complaint.
“It’s just f–king frustrating,” the son added.
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