Skelos: 'Depression & Drinking Problems Are Why I Should Get Leniency'

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Dean Skelos

Another former top state official who's facing prison wants leniency.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he's struggling with depression and a drinking problem after a rift with his son, Adam and a separation from his grandsons. 

According to court documents, the disintegration of family relationships has had a "negative impact" on the 70-year-old Skelos emotionally and physically. 

Attorneys say Skelos' two special-needs grandchildren would suffer from his incarceration, and maintain he's in a position to provide positive contributions to his community.

Skelos and his son are facing a sentencing hearing on the 24th on corruption charges.

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