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Newark, n.J., man sentenced to 78 months for car theft

March 27, 2012


NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark, N.J., man was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for his role in the car-jacking of a vehicle in Newark on Dec. 6, 2010, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Reginald Anderson, 20, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh to an Indictment charging him with one count of Hobbs Act robbery. Judge Cavanaugh imposed sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On December 6, 2010, Anderson car jacked two victims who were at an auto dealership in Newark looking to purchase a 2004 BMW X5. Anderson violated the Hobbs Act when he obstructed the movement of articles and commodities in commerce by robbing the victims of the car, which belonged to the car dealership.

The Hobbs Act robbery charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a statutory maximum fine equal to the greater of $250,000, twice the gross amount of any pecuniary gain by the defendant or loss by the victim from the offense.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s plea.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Cavanaugh sentenced Anderson to two years supervised release.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Fabiana Pierre-Louis of the Criminal Division in Trenton.


Defense counsel: Christopher D. Adams Esq., Roseland, N.J.

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