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John Cramsey sentenced to 5 years for tunnel weapons case

He was stopped in the Holland Tunnel in June 2016

The Lehigh Valley man who said he was on his way to rescue a girl from a drug den when he was stopped at the Holland Tunnel with a cache of weapons will spend five years in prison.

John Cramsey pleaded guilty in July to two weapons charges; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a gun.

On Friday, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mirtha Ospina sentenced the former Lehigh County gun range owner to five years in prison with one year of parole ineligibility. He's been in prison since September and will receive credit for any time served.

Cramsey never made it to New York and said it's a regret he lives with each day. If had to do it again, he said he would, just without the weapons.

"Mr. Cramsey was in violation of the law,” attorney James Lisa said following his client's guilty plea on July 31. “He had guns that were not registered in New Jersey and was facing the possibility, if convicted, spending the rest of his life in prison."

The plea offer was so good, that we had to accept it," Lisa said.

The other two people in the truck, Kimberly Arendt and Dean Smith, worked out plea agreements prior to Cramsey's plea hearing, and testified against Cramsey.

The three were on the way to New York to rescue a girl who witnessed her cousin overdose on heroin. Months later, Janae Patterson also died from a drug overdose.

"That's one who got away from me,” Cramsey said. “I ask myself what if I had have got to her all the time. But it's never going to change what it is."

Part of the plea agreement includes Cramsey getting his truck back, but all weapons in the truck will be forfeited.

"I would never turn down somebody for help,” Cramsey said after his guilty plea. “I would be a little more cautious about what I was taking in the vehicle."

In July, Lisa said he would continue trying to seek a pardon for his client.

“We're going to exhaust every avenue," he sid. "Our goal is to make sure Mr. Cramsey  doesn't go to jail."

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