A $50,000 fine is to be returned to the estate of the late New York State Senator Thomas Libous after a federal appeals court reversed his conviction in a corruption case.

THOMAS LIBOUS (Photo: New York State Senate)

The decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit was released Tuesday.

Libous had been convicted of making false statements to the FBI. Although he avoided being sentenced to prison because of his failing health, he was fined $50,000.

Libous died in May 2016, while his appeal of his conviction was pending. His wife, Frances, asked the appeals court to vacate the conviction and return the fine to his estate.

The court granted the motion and ordered the return of the money.

After the ruling was released, attorney Paul DerOhannesian said Thomas Libous had wanted to make the appeal not just to clear his name but to help others who may face similar legal challenges.

Libous served as a state senator from 1989 until his conviction in July 2015. He was the deputy majority leader of the Senate at the time.

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