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Skelos Nephew, Ex-Sacred Heart Athlete, Charged With Assaulting Reporter

A video by News Channel 13/WNYT in Albany appears to show Billy Skelos grab the wrist of a New York Daily News reporter and throw her cell phone across the street outside the courthouse in Manhattan. Photo Credit: News Channel 13/WNYT screen grab
Dean Skelos Photo Credit: File photo

A nephew of Dean Skelos who played lacrosse at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield was arrested moments after the former New York State Senate Majority Leader was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for corruption.

While surrounded by cameramen and reporters, Billy Skelos grabs the wrist of a New York Daily News reporter and throws her cellphone across the street. His actions are shown in a video shot by News Channel 13/WNYT in Albany outside the courthouse in Manhattan where Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, were sentenced to prison. Adam Skelos received a sentence of six-and-a-half-years in prison.

Billy Skelos, a 27-year-old former lacrosse player at SHU, was charged with misdemeanor assault after the incident.

The reporter involved received a tetanus shot as a precaution because she suffered scratches in the incident, the New York Daily News reports.

Skelos, a Republican, and his son, Adam, were convicted of conspiring to use Dean Skelos’ position for jobs, fees and benefits. Dean Skelos was also found guilty in December of illegally approving a contract for a Scarsdale firm for which his son had been employed.

For more on the incident involving Skelos' nephew, including a video, click here.

For more on the Skelos prison sentence, click here.

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