CLIP defendant sentenced

The fi­nal de­fend­ant was sen­tenced last week in the case of former city work­ers who ran­sacked four North­east Phil­adelphia homes.

La­mont Wil­li­ams, who had worked for the Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram, was sen­tenced last week to 11-1/2 to 23 months of house ar­rest, ac­cord­ing to on­line court re­cords. Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Kar­en Shreeves-Johns also sen­tenced Wil­li­ams to five years’ pro­ba­tion. Earli­er last month, Wil­li­ams agreed to pay more than $13,000 in resti­tu­tion to five vic­tims. 

Al­though he was one of the first CLIP work­ers to plead guilty to charges of theft, of­fi­cial op­pres­sion and oth­er of­fenses, he was the last to be sen­tenced. Eight oth­ers already had pleaded guilty and been sen­tenced. 

CLIP crew mem­bers An­thony Scarcia and Wil­li­am Roldan were sen­tenced to nine to 23 months in jail and five years’ pro­ba­tion in mid-Oc­to­ber. Rycharde Si­c­in­ski, Henry Tur­rentine, Al­gie Cuffee Jr., his fath­er Al­gie Cuffee Sr., Wil­fredo Cin­tron and Jer­maine Ad­derly re­ceived sim­il­ar sen­tences that in­cluded short jail terms, pro­ba­tion and work re­lease. The max­im­um sen­tence any re­ceived was three years. 

They had pleaded guilty to tak­ing prop­erty from homes in Ta­cony, Tor­res­dale, Somer­ton and Frank­ford from mid-2006 to early 2008. They stole money, ap­pli­ances, jew­elry, fur­niture, cloth­ing and guns when they were sup­posed to be se­cur­ing and clean­ing the build­ings.

The de­fend­ants have agreed to pay the vic­tims more than $108,000 in resti­tu­tion. As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Shar­on Piper asked Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd to or­der the city to use the men’s city pen­sions to pay that resti­tu­tion if the city seizes the pen­sions. The judge signed the or­der. ••

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