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The State : Newton Ordered to Prison

March 15, 1987

Twelve years after being charged with illegal possession of firearms, Black Panther party co-founder Huey Newton has been ordered to prison for the crime by U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Arthur Alcaron. Prosecutors said the Board of Prison terms probably will sentence him to two years. Police found two guns in Newton's apartment in Oakland in 1974 while investigating a claim that he had pistol-whipped a tailor. He fled to Cuba where he spent three years before returning to face the pistol-whipping charge in 1977. He was acquitted of that but found guilty of possession of a weapon by an ex-felon.

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