NEWARK – A South Carolina man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for his role in transporting 22 firearms into New Jersey that were stolen from gun shops in Tennessee and North Carolina, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Bevan Holston, 41, of Columbia, S.C., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to one count of transporting stolen firearms in interstate commerce. Wigenton imposed the sentence on May 14 in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On March 7, 2012, Bassir Baxter, 40, of Columbia, S.C., Cedric Reddick, 20, and, his father, Holston allegedly drove from South Carolina to the apartment of Terrell James, 23, of Newark, to illegally sell the firearms. All four were charged by Complaint with transporting stolen firearms in interstate commerce.
The four men allegedly 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.
In addition to the prison term, Wigenton sentenced Holston to three years of supervised release. The other three defendants are awaiting sentencing.
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 the sentence.
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