Ex-offender now cautions youth about pitfalls of street life

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    In the late 1990s, North Philly resident John Phillips owned delis, a tricked-out Lexus, and lived in an upscale condo. 

    Not bad for a young adult. But then the legal system caught up with the young hustler and sentenced him to a seven- to 20-year term at Graterford Prison in Montgomery County. 

    Now 44,  Phillips is out and leading a very different life — mentoring young people and going for his master’s degree.  He spoke about his transformation with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller.

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