ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Two men who participated in a burglary scheme masterminded by a state prison inmate now face up to 10 years in prison.
Roy Williams, 20, and Troy Butler, 24, were sentenced to four to 10 years in state prison each during a hearing Wednesday in Lehigh County, the (Allentown) Morning Call (http://bit.ly/2xvuJdj) reported. They previously pleaded guilty to participating in two break-in attempts at Judge Robert Steinberg’s Allentown home.
Williams said he tried to enter the judge’s house and was caught on video. Butler said he made calls from prison to associates to help set up the crime in exchange for a cut of the loot.
None of at least six men who agreed to participate in the burglary knew a judge lived at the house, police said. All but one of the burglars has been arrested, convicted and sentenced to prison.
The scheme was concocted by convicted drug dealer Efrain Miranda III, who said he intended to snitch on the burglars to have a few years removed from his 12-year sentence. Miranda already pleaded guilty and was sentenced in June to serve 8½ to 20 years in state prison.
Miranda said he set up the burglary and then tipped off police to the scheme. Miranda’s tip prompted police to surveil the home, which led to the multiple arrests.
Williams and Butler apologized in court. Steinberg said it made no difference that the burglars did not know it was his house.
Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com