- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WHITE PLANS, N.Y. (AP) - A terminally ill former New York state senator will serve six months of house arrest after being convicted of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son.

Tom Libous must also pay a $50,000 fine following his sentencing in federal court Tuesday.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office did not seek prison time for the sixty-two-year-old Binghamton Republican because he has cancer.

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

Two other former legislative leaders - Republican Sen. Dean Skelos of Long Island and Democratic Assemblyman Sheldon Silver of Manhattan - are on trial for unrelated corruption charges.

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