The once-powerful former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam Skelos began serving their four-year sentences in federal prison Tuesday, officials said.
The Skeloses, convicted on corruption charges for using Dean Skelos' position in state government to shake down companies for $300,000 in payments to Adam, turned themselves in to federal authorities Tuesday as ordered by a federal judge, officials said.
Dean Skelos reported to Federal Correctional Institute Otisville in upstate Orange County and Adam Skelos reported to his assigned prison, FCI Danbury in Connecticut, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Tuesday afternoon.
Their attorneys did not respond to messages seeking comment.
The Skeloses were convicted at trial in July on charges of bribery, conspiracy and extortion.
Dean Skelos, 70, a Rockville Centre Republican who served in the State Legislature for 30 years, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison. Adam Skelos, 36, also of Rockville Centre, was sentenced to four years.
The trial was the second on the same charges for the father and son, whose 2015 convictions were later overturned due to a jury instructions error.
Both men chose to begin serving their sentences Tuesday rather than seeking bail in order to try to stay out of prison while they appeal their latest convictions.
In the federal system, inmates typically serve about 85 percent of their sentences.