Sante, who was 79, had a long criminal history that included a 1986 conviction for illegally transporting housekeepers from Mexico and keeping them as slaves.
Prosecutors said Sante and Kenneth conned and killed Silverman in an attempt to steal her $10 million Upper East Side townhouse.
Two years later, at a raucous trial in which Ms. Kimes was scolded by a judge for passing notes to reporters, she was found guilty with her son of killing Ms. Silverman in an elaborate plot that involved cheap disguises, false identities, tapped telephones, forged deeds, a stolen credit card and at least three fake offers of Caribbean vacations.
The authorities said that Kenneth Kimes had strangled Ms. Silverman, and that the mother and son then disposed of the body in garbage bags. Her body was never found. In a search of their car and luggage, the police found guns, plastic handcuffs, fright masks, tapes of Ms. Silverman's telephone conversations and a fake deed to the Silverman home.
Sante and Kenneth were also found guilty in the murder of David Kazdin, a wealthy Los Angeles businessman whose body was discovered in a trash can in 1998. During the trial, Kenneth testified his mother killed Kazdin after he discovered Sante had taken out a $280,000 loan in his name.
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