Former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has been sentenced to five years in prison today. This is the maximum punishment that he faced after pleading guilty this year in the federal corruption case. This is another sentence on the long list.
He has been in custody since June after he finally admitted to his crimes in a shocking confession that prosecutors did not see coming. He did not talk to the media but released a statement through his lawyer.
“I have made mistakes – mistakes of character and judgment,” the statement explained. “These are my mistakes and my mistakes alone.”
“In his position as Philadelphia’s District Attorney, Williams abused the trust placed in him by the public and today’s sentencing sends a clear message that such action will not be tolerated,” said Acting IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Edward Wirth. “Today’s sentencing is a direct result of the excellent partnership IRS-CI, our fellow law enforcement partners, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have in combating violations of federal law.”
U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond did not go easy on him.
“Almost from the time you took office, you sold yourself to the parasites you surrounded yourself with,” Diamond said. “You humiliated the men and women of the District Attorney’s Office.”
The judge unleashed on him after it was reported that he stole money from his mother’s nursing home fund.
He stated that he “dumped her like a sack of potatoes – or he washed his hands of her,” the judge said, so he could be “a high-roller at various restaurants in town.”
“The English language doesn’t have the words to capture the outrageousness of that request,” Diamond said. “The defendant stole from his mother, and now he wants to visit her?”
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And this ruling is going over quite well with the higher-ups.
“Homeland Security Investigations is pleased to have teamed with our law enforcement partners to hold accountable public officials who betray the trust of the community they are sworn to serve by engaging in criminal behavior,” explained Marlon V. Miller, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Philadelphia. “Let Mr. Williams’ sentencing serve as a proof that HSI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and bring to justice public officials who feel they are above the law.”
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