South Carolina Man Sentenced To 75 Months In Prison For Transporting Stolen Weapons Into New Jersey
Cache Included Military-Style Assault Rifles, Handguns and Shotgun
NEWARK, N.J. – A South Carolina man was sentenced today to 75 months in prison for his role in transporting into New Jersey 22 firearms that were stolen from gun shops in Tennessee and North Carolina, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Bassir Baxter, 40, of Columbia, S.C., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with one count of transporting stolen firearms in interstate commerce. Judge Wigenton imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On March 7, 2012, Baxter, Cedric Reddick, 20, and, Reddick’s father, Bevan Holston, 41, of Columbia, S.C., drove from South Carolina to the apartment of Terrell James, 23, of Newark, to illegally sell firearms. All four were charged by Complaint with transporting stolen firearms in interstate commerce.
Baxter, Reddick and Holston entered the apartment, where there were approximately 10 other individuals, and displayed firearms on the floor for the potential buyers. In total, 22 guns were recovered, including semi-automatic handguns and military-style assault rifles. Twenty had been stolen March 1, 2012, from a gun shop in Bristol, Tenn. Two of the guns had been stolen Feb.16, 2012, from a gun shop in Boone, N.C. Police arrested James and Baxter inside the apartment. Reddick and Holston were arrested after jumping to a rooftop from the kitchen window. Holston was sentenced in May 2013 to 10 years in prison. James was sentenced last week to six months in prison. Reddick is scheduled to be sentenced July 23, 2013.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Baxter to two years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Cannon; special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark; the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray; and the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Director Samuel DeMaio and Police Chief Sheilah Coley, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney José R. Almonte of the U.S. Attorney's Office Narcotics/OCDETF Unit.
Defense counsel: Thomas Ashley Esq., Newark