CLEVELAND (AP) — The son and ex-daughter-in-law of late Black golf pioneer Charlie Sifford have been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for stealing from his estate.

Golf Pioneer Charlies Sifford. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) ( reports a judge in Cleveland indicated Thursday that Craig Sifford and his ex-wife, Sandra, will be eligible for release sooner. The pair had pleaded guilty last month to stealing $315,000.

Their attorney had pushed for probation instead of prison time, but a judge concluded that wasn’t a viable option because of how much money was stolen.

The theft was under investigation when Charlie Sifford died in February at 92. Authorities had received a complaint saying Craig Sifford was abusing a power of attorney for his father.

Charlie Sifford became the first Black golfer to earn full-time playing privileges on the PGA Tour in 1961.


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