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Oct 15, 2013 2:18 PM by Sara Donchey

Hillcrest Residents Testify in Citgo Sentencing Hearing

CORPUS CHRISTI - Testimony began today in a three-day sentencing hearing against Citgo six years after the company was found guilty of violating the Clean Air Act.

About 18 people former and current residents of the Hillcrest neighborhood were given about five minutes each to address Judge Rainey as well as Citgo attorneys.

Some of those who testified grew emotional as they read from prepared statements.

"It's not an easy life living in Hillcrest," said Angela Carrizales, who stated that she lives three blocks from the Citgo refinery.

Others turned to Citgo's lawyers behind them to address them directly.

"This is no way to treat the community," said Addie Foreman, a 61-year-old resident who has lived in Hillcrest since 5th grade. "I want Citgo to clean up this mess."

The testimony will continue for two more days as a judge takes it into account while determining Citgo's sentence.

Representatives from OSHA and TCEQ are expected to make statements in front of the judge in the next few days.

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