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Sifford's son going to prison for stealing from estate

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A judge in Cleveland sentenced a son and former daughter-in-law of the late Charlie Sifford to 2½ years in prison for stealing from the estate of the pioneering African-American golfer.

According to, Craig Sifford and his ex-wife, Sandra, will be eligible for release sooner. Last month they pleaded guilty to stealing $315,000. Their attorney had asked that they be sentenced to probation instead of prison, but Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Corrigan refused.

When Charlie Sifford died in February 2015 at age 92, authorities were investigating a complaint that Craig Sifford was abusing the power of attorney for his father.

Charlie Sifford was the first African American to play on the PGA Tour. He won the 1967 Greater Hartford Open and the 1969 Los Angeles Open. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.