Sharpe James honored at Irvington church

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and his family were honored guests at Christian Love Church services in Irvington today.

James was released from a Virginia prison last week and will serve the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house in New Jersey. He will also begin work as a counselor and youth mentor at the Christian Love Church this week.

Parishioners welcomed James back with open arms. The theme of Sunday's sermon was redemption and support.

James was convicted in April 2008 stemming from charges that he abused his office by steering city-owned land to his one-time mistress.

AP wire services contributed to this article.

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