NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One of the “three men in a room” who used to negotiate the state budget has caught a break after his corruption conviction.

A federal appeals court has thrown out three of the seven counts against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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The powerful New York City Democrat was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2018.

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He now faces re-sentencing and is likely to get a lesser prison term.

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Silver has been free on bond during the appeals process.