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Gang member gets 5-year term

A gang member received more than five years in prison Friday after he was convicted earlier this week of using his car to assault a world-class bodybuilder.

Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza sentenced 23-year-old Cedric E. “Dirty” Burton to 63 months in prison after a jury on Wednesday convicted him of second-degree assault. He had been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, but the jury exonerated him on those two charges.

Witnesses testified that they were celebrating the birthday of 43-year-old Brad Hollibaugh, a bodybuilder, actor and trainer, on Nov. 21 when the bars closed and a group of people exited into a nearby parking lot. Burton backed his car into one man, who hit the car with his hands.

Burton and another man got out of Burton’s car and exchanged words with the partygoers. Hollibaugh stepped into the fray and Burton responded by stalking him through the parking lot and threatening to run him over, according to court testimony.

The conviction is Burton’s second strike, meaning that he could face life in prison without parole if he is convicted of one more violent crime.

Burton also faces two felony trials for bail jumping, another trial for first-degree robbery and second-degree assault from 2008, and he’s charged with rendering criminal assistance in the Jan. 17 shooting death of John S. Williams.


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