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January 7, 2016
Statement by Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chairman Josh Shapiro on Lehigh County Gang Sentencing
Harrisburg, PA. — Chairman Shapiro released the following statement on the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office first gang enhancement sentence with the assistance of Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) funding.
“Today’s announcement by District Attorney James Martin of the sentencing of Antanyia Kaliesha Franklin, a member of the Frutown Brim Brick City Brim gang in Allentown, for four to 20 years for assault demonstrates the value of the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC). The RIIC has enabled investigators to gather data about gang activity and ensure gang members like Franklin are found, prosecuted, and kept off our streets.  PCCD is proud to have provided $249,000 in funding to the RIIC and we will continue to look for ways to help to support both the RIIC and other criminal justice information systems.”
“I would like to compliment District Attorney James Martin and his staff for their diligent work to combat gang activity in Lehigh County and I have no doubt this is only the first of many more successes to come. Today is a great example of how PCCD and local law enforcement work together to ensure the safety of our communities.”
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