- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a New Jersey man has been sentenced in New York to 15 years in prison for his part in a firearms sale and cigarette smuggling ring in which he thought the proceeds would help the Islamic militant group Hamas.

The Bronx district attorney says 54-year-old Theophilis Burroughs was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to criminal sale of a firearm, money laundering, criminal tax fraud and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say the former music teacher at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan arranged to sell to undercover officers a small cache of weapons held in a storage facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Prosecutors say Burroughs thought the undercover officers were connected to Hamas and expressed support for it. Burroughs still faces gun, cigarette and drug charges in New Jersey.


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