2 plead guilty to weapons charges

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Two young Augusta men accused of participating in the theft of dozens of weapons pleaded guilty Monday.

William D. Johnson, 18, and Xavier Baker, 18, pleaded guilty in separate federal cases that could mean as much as 10 years in prison without parole.

Both men were arrested through the undercover operation, Augusta Ink. Both sold stolen weapons at the undercover shop, Colur Tyme Tattooz & Things on Tobacco Road, Richmond County Sheriff Sgt. Blaise Dresser testified Monday.

Mr. Johnson pleaded guilty to two charges involving the theft of 40 weapons from Waldens Outdoor World and the sale of several of those guns to undercover agents.

Mr. Johnson boasted that he and his friends burglarized the sports store, and that breaking into gun shops was "his thing," Sgt. Dresser testified.

Mr. Johnson returned to the tattoo shop with a gun that had been stolen from another gun shop, Shooters, on Patriots Way.

He was planning to burglarize another gun shop when he came into Colur Tyme for the last time on Nov. 8, Sgt. Dresser said.

Three other men indicted with Mr. Johnson have pleaded not guilty. Their cases are pending.

Mr. Baker pleaded guilty to the theft of weapons from Shooters and the sale of two of those guns at Colur Tyme. Mr. Baker claimed he was in the Meadowbrook gang.

Both Mr. Baker and Mr. Johnson have been held without bond since their arrests. Sentencing dates haven't been set.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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Sarge
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Sarge 02/26/08 - 06:22 am
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The justice system need to

The justice system need to start a gang for these no good for nothing thugs--it's called the "chain gang"!!

WhoCares
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WhoCares 02/26/08 - 06:53 am
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firing squad....

firing squad....

WhoCares
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WhoCares 02/26/08 - 06:54 am
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firing squad....

firing squad....

jack
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jack 02/26/08 - 10:45 am
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The problem with federal

The problem with federal prisons is that they are to damn cushy. I say we need not only re-institution of the chain gang, but barbed wire tent cities to cut down on costs like the one a sheriff in AZ runs. No air conditioning, no TV, no work out room, and outside plumbing they have to keep clean.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/26/08 - 11:26 am
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Amen jack, that sheriff is

Amen jack, that sheriff is the bomb!!! Why is it that he and his people are the only ones who realize jail is supposed to be a deterrant and not a home away from home??? All of them should be that way. Grown your own food or you dont eat, live in tents, work every day, wear pink etc...... If jail was more like that people would not be as eager to go back.

SunDown
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SunDown 02/26/08 - 02:02 pm
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I can't help but wonder why

I can't help but wonder why they didn't publish the pictures of these boys.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 02/26/08 - 02:07 pm
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If you watch television

If you watch television sometimes, you would have seen their pictures. But we know why you asked that question.

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JackReacher 02/26/08 - 11:02 pm
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Jack You have obviously never

Jack

You have obviously never been acquainted with such places as USP Atlanta, USP Marion (Illinois), USP Lewisburg, PA, USP Leavenworth, KS (Not to be confused with the military prison). 23 hours a day lockdown in a prison buit in the 1800's. Def. not a cushy place. These guys are more likely to end up at one od these places than hanging ten with Charles Walker. The feds consider burglary to be a violent crime.

Also, the state of Arizona put inmates in tents before Joe Arpio did and got all the credit.

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