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Crime Q&A: Has blues musician been tried for allegedly firing shots at house party?

Attorney Roxanne Mosely, left, addresses the court as Kyle Rowland is arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court in Sacramento on Jan. 18. Rowland, a local blues musician and former Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy, allegedly opened fire at a house party on Jan. 13.
Attorney Roxanne Mosely, left, addresses the court as Kyle Rowland is arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court in Sacramento on Jan. 18. Rowland, a local blues musician and former Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy, allegedly opened fire at a house party on Jan. 13. rbenton@sacbee.com

Q: I am a follower of the Kyle Rowland Blues Band and I was, as were most people, greatly disappoined after his arrest last January for firing a weapon at a party in downtown Sacramento. I haven’t heard about any trial results. Now I see where his band is back together. So what happened?

Fritz Albrecht, Auburn

A: Kyle Rowland, a Sacramento blues musician and former Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy, is accused of firing a gun at a Sacramento house party in January.

He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a loaded weapon with intent to commit a felony, and was released on bail. According to Sacramento Superior Court records available online, he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 15.

Rowland, who plays the harmonica and sings for the Kyle Rowland Blues Band, has been a favorite on the Sacramento music scene.

Early Jan. 13, he attended a house party in the 1100 block of G Street, according to stories in The Bee. He allegedly was inebriated and threw beer after being told to leave.

Rowland, who had been working as a sheriff’s deputy in Contra Costa County, returned about 2 a.m. with two firearms, one of which likely was a duty weapon, Sacramento police said. Partygoers who saw the weapons tried to talk to him and get him to the ground before he fired several shots, authorities said.

Police said Rowland used one of the firearms to shoot several times, but no one was hurt.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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