Brothers get life in prison for roles in Waterville murder

James Allen

Two brothers have been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the murder of a Waterville man last May.

19-year-old James Y. Allen and 23-year-old Philip Allen Jr. pleaded guilty last week to complicity to aggravated murder in the homicide of James Safadi.

As part of the plea deal, aggravate murder, burglary, and robbery charges were dropped.

In court on Wednesday, the half-brothers were each sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after 25 years.


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The two men took part in a robbery at Safadi's Waterville home in May 2013, where Safadi was shot and killed.

Two other defendants have already taken plea deals. Ronald Rooker and Adam Jovan Anderson entered guilty pleas to involuntary manslaughter.