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Columbia man sentenced in gun-running to NJ

NEWARK (AP) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for helping transport stolen firearms to New Jersey.

Prosecutors say 40-year-old Bassir Baxter and two other men, all from Columbia, drove to Newark, N.J., on March 7, 2012, to sell the weapons, which included military-style rifles.

The sale was stopped when police raided an apartment where the guns were spread out on a floor for display. Twenty had been stolen from a gun shop in Bristol, Tenn., and two from a store in Boone, N.C.

Baxter was sentenced July 15 in Newark to 75 months in prison.

A co-defendant, 41-year-old Bevan Holston, previously received a 10-year prison term. His son, 20-year-old Cedric Reddick, awaits sentencing. During the raid, the two tried to escape arrest by jumping out a window.



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