Judge rejects probation for anti-drug activist in gun case

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 23, 2017 7:45 AM

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Kimberly Arendt, left, John Cramsey, center, and Dean Smith, are seen on a monitor during their video arraignment at Hudson County Courthouse, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Jersey City, N.J. The three were arrested on weapons charges when they were stopped before crossing the Holland Tunnel from New Jersey to New York while driving with a cache of weapons.

(Jersey City, NJ) -- A judge has rejected probation for a Montgomery County man arrested last year outside New York with a vehicle full of weapons while heading to the city to rescue a teenage girl from a drug den.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Sheila Venable ruled Friday that John Cramsey should go to prison, saying his ``armed vigilantism must be deterred.''

Cramsey pleaded guilty to weapons charges.

The anti-drug activist and former gun range owner from East Greensville and two associates were arrested outside the Holland Tunnel.

He told authorities they were going to rescue the girl, who later died of an overdose.

The judge delayed his sentencing hearing Friday while his lawyers appeal her decision on their motion for probation.

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