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Carjacker Sentenced to 78 Months

Anderson Stole BMW During Prospective Sale, Resulting in Federal Charges

A city man was sentenced to six and a half years in prison today for carjacking a couple while they were car-shopping at a Newark dealership, a violation under a 60-year-old law that makes it a crime to interfere with commercial activity,  authorities said.

Reginald Anderson, 20, carjacked the victims while they were considering purchasing a 2004 BMW X-5, the US Attorney’s Office said in a statement. The crime occurred Dec. 6, 2010.

Anderson was charged under the Hobbs Act because he “obstructed the movement of articles and commodities in commerce” by stealing the car, which still belonged to the dealership, the US Attorney said.

Anderson, who faced a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, was sentenced by Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh in federal district court in Newark.

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