Father and sons get prison in asbestos case

A Utica man and his two sons were sentenced to prison for illegally handling asbestos.

U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin sentenced Paul Mancuso Wednesday to six-and-a-half years in prison and ordered him to pay a $20,000 fine. His brother Steven Mancuso was sentenced to three-and-two-thirds years.

Their father, Lester Mancuso, got three years in prison. A third brother, Ronald Mancuso, who cooperated with the investigation and prosecution, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 16.

Each defendant will have to pay restitution in an amount to be determined by Scullin after a hearing in September.

The federal environmental case involved illegal asbestos removal at numerous locations throughout upstate New York and illegal dumping of asbestos.