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Astor Son Makes Final Plea

"Hasn't Tony been through enough?" That's what Whoopi Goldberg wants to know about Anthony Marshall, the 85-year-old heir to the Astor fortune, who has been convicted of robbing his philanthropist mother and will be sentenced Monday. Lately, the once-private Astor has been laying his personal life bare and gaining support from celebrities in the hopes of receiving a lenient sentence—or avoiding jail time entirely. More than 70 letters of support have been sent to the court. Prosecutors are rebuffing his eleventh-hour attempts, saying that Astor's health problems shouldn't prevent him from serving time. Recently, in court papers, prosecutors called Astor "nothing more than a 'thief in a three-piece suit.’"