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Apr 10, 4:57 PM EDT

Man gets 17 years' prison in Ga.-to-NYC gun scheme


NEW YORK (AP) -- A man arrested in a Georgia-to-New York gun-dealing scheme that involved mailing weapons packed in baking tins and socks has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison.

Walter Dandridge was sentenced Thursday. The 36-year-old pleaded guilty last month to gun sale and conspiracy charges.

New York City police and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. have said Dandridge and accomplice Mark Winston illegally sold dozens of guns to an undercover detective. The 39-year-old Winston is from Macon, Ga.

Authorities say some of the sales were done by mail from Georgia, with Dandridge as a middleman.

Dandridge's lawyer, Robert Levy, declined to comment after the sentencing.

Winston has pleaded not guilty. His case remains open.

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