Former Terp Baxter Sentenced to 60 Days in Prison

By Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 31, 2007; 3:28 PM

Lonny Baxter, the former University of Maryland basketball star who was briefly jailed last year for firing a handgun near the White House, was sentenced today to 60 days in jail for a federal firearms violation, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said.

In federal court in Greenbelt, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte also ordered that Baxter serve two years of supervised release and pay a $2,000 fine.

Because of the conviction, Baxter, 28, is prohibited from owning, possessing or using a firearm, federal prosecutors said.

Baxter pleaded guilty on July 19 in Greenbelt to illegally shipping weapons, including two Glock handguns and a Bushmaster rifle, from Houston to College Park without declaring the contents of the packages, according to federal prosecutors. On July 4, 2006, a friend of Baxter's consigned two packages containing the weapons to Federal Express for shipment to another friend in College Park. The friend did so at Baxter's request, federal prosecutors said.

Baxter failed to advise Federal Express that the packages contained firearms, which he picked up at his friend's residence in College Park a few days after delivery, the prosecutors said.

In August, 2006, Secret Service officers pulled over Baxter's Range Rover and found one of the Glock pistols in the vehicle, along with two spent shells, shortly after a shot was fired into the air from the vehicle.

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