Judge will have lots of leeway in sentencing. Defense is asking for house arrest. Maximum is 59 years.
The man found inside the burning offices and studios of music legends Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff has pleaded guilty plea to arson charges. The duo are hoping he will be sent to jail.
Christopher Cimini was arrested in February for breaking into and setting a fire at Philadelphia International Records on South Broad Street. He entered a guilty plea to the charges at a hearing and will await his fate, which could include up to 59 years in state prison.
Phil Asbury Senior Vice President of Philadelphia International. He says the guilty plea is the only appropriate result.
“There is only one way this could have ever ended up. The guy was alone in the building and was escorted down the ladder by the fire department taken from the site, there was surveillance video showing him doing what he did there was only one result I have ever conceived of which would have been a guilty plea.”
Cimini’s lawyer is asking for house arrest as punishment. Gamble and Huff will be at the sentencing in September and will be asking for significant jailtime.