The prison sentences of a father-and-son pair of former cable television executives have been reduced by three years after an appeals court dismissed one of the two bank fraud counts for which they were convicted.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand reduced the 15-year sentence of 82-year-old Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas to 12 years. His son, Timothy, had his 20-year sentence cut to 17 years. A New York appeals court ruled last year that there was insufficient evidence to support one of the fraud counts but upheld 17 other convictions on charges such as conspiracy, securities fraud and bank fraud.

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