An inspector was sentenced to five years' probation Wednesday and will not be going to prison, despite falsifying city records of inspections on cranes, including one crane that had a fatal collapse on Manhattan's East Side in 2008.
Edward Marquette was also sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service and fined $5,000.
Sources say the Manhattan district attorney's office asked for one to three years in prison because of the risk Marquette created when he lied about inspections.
Marquette was convicted on six charges for saying he inspected cranes when he did not, but was acquitted of crimes related to the March 2008 crane collapse.
The incident left seven people dead and prompted new crane safety regulations in the city.