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Man Gets 10 Years for New York Socialite’s Home Invasion, Fake Deadly Virus Injection

Victims were injected with a liquid the suspects claimed was a deadly virus; they demanded $8.5 million for a reversal drug

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What to Know

  • A man has been sentenced to 10+ years in prison for a 2007 home invasion at the Connecticut estate of NY socialite Anne Bass
  • The 41-year-old native of Romania was one of three men believed to have been involved in the home invasion
  • Victims were injected with a liquid the suspects claimed was a deadly virus; they demanded $8.5 million for a reversal drug

One of three men authorities say took part in a 2007 home invasion at a New York socialite's Connecticut estate during which the victims were injected with what they were told was a lethal virus has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Alexandru Lucian Nicolescu, a native of Romania, was sentenced Wednesday in connection with the home invasion at the Kent estate of Anne Bass. 

Prosecutors say Bass and her long-time partner were bound and blindfolded, then injected with a liquid the suspects claimed was a deadly virus. They demanded $8.5 million for a reversal drug, but eventually fled when it became apparent the victims couldn't get the money. 

The first suspect was convicted in 2016. The third remains at large.

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