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MAN GETS PRISON IN THEFT OF RELIGIOUS GROUP'S VAN

A Regina Place man today was ordered to spend the next two to four years in state prison by a judge who rebuked him for trying to steal a van from the Buffalo headquarters of an Islamic religious organization last spring.

Chianti Williams, 24, was chided by acting State Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. McCarthy for trying to drive off in the vehicle with another man from the Muslim Darul-Uloom Al-Madania complex on Sobieski Street early last May 24.

McCarthy noted that Williams has an extensive criminal and substance abuse history. He also pointed out that the Islamic organization, like many religious organizations, doesn't have "a great deal of assets."

Williams was convicted by a jury Dec. 10 on felony burglary and attempted grand larceny charges. He has been jailed since his arrest by a passing police patrol moments after the attempt to steal the vehicle. Two months before that incident, another judge had spared him jail in another stolen auto case.

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