A Columbia man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to breaking into a Broad Street gun shop in Cherryvale in 2016.
Cedrick K. Reddick, 26, took a plea for conspiracy to steal firearms from a federal firearms …
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Cedrick K. Reddick, 26, took a plea for conspiracy to steal firearms from a federal firearms licensee and to being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon in a news release Thursday.
Evidence presented to the court showed Reddick and a co-defendant burglarized the store and stole about 75 handguns. Previous reports in The Sumter Item show the store was Tony's Gun Shop at 4308 Broad St. and that by the time deputies arrived on scene four minutes after the alarm sounded, the two had gained entry by taking the lock off the front door, smashed display cases and fled out the front door with bags of weapons.
It was estimated at the time the stolen firearms were worth a total of about $20,000.
The same gun store had been burglarized and robbed in July 2012 when at least two men backed a pickup truck to the door and made off with stolen weapons.
The investigation revealed similarities between the 2016 burglary and others of liquor stores in several counties, including two in Sumter from May 2016, according to Lydon's office. Law enforcement from Richland County identified Reddick as a suspect after a DNA match linked him to a burglary of one of the liquor stores. A search warrant at his apartment also revealed a 9mm handgun that had been stolen during the Tony's Gun Shop burglary.
Both Reddick and his co-defendant, Jonathan Thompson, were charged federally with the gun store theft. Thompson is awaiting sentencing in federal court after also previously pleading guilty.
Reddick was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm based on a prior conviction in South Carolina for second-degree burglary and a prior federal conviction in New Jersey for transportation of stolen firearms. At the time of the Sumter incident, Reddick was on federal supervised release after serving time on the New Jersey federal conviction. His prior federal supervision was revoked as a result of this new criminal conduct.
U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs sentenced Reddick to 84 months in federal prison and three years of court-ordered supervision. The 84 months includes 70 months of imprisonment on the new firearm convictions and a consecutive 14-month revocation of his prior federal supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Clinton Police Department, the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, the Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. It was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which prosecutes firearms cases.
U.S. Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.
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