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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Have men indicted last year on federal weapons charges gone to trial?

Q: At least three individuals were indicted last year on federal weapons charges, as reported in The Bee. I’ve heard nothing further since. I’m wondering what the status of these indictments is.

Robin, Sacramento

A: Brothers Luis Cortez Garcia and Emiliano Cortez Garcia of Sacramento were indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2014 on charges of unlawfully manufacturing and selling firearms.

The two also were charged as undocumented immigrants in possession of firearms, and Emiliano Cortez Garcia was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. Among the weapons and accessories they allegedly made and sold were short-barreled rifles, machine guns and silencers, according to the indictment.

Both men remain in Sacramento County Jail awaiting trial. According to federal court online records, their next court date, for a status conference, is July 30.

In June 2014, Daniel Crowninshield of Sacramento, who authorities said was known by the online moniker “Dr. Death,” was arrested after being indicted by a federal grand jury. The charges included unlawfully making firearms and possessing machine guns.

Using computer-controlled machines, Crowninshield allegedly made lower receivers for AR-15s and other firearms. The lower receiver holds mechanical parts such as the hammer, bolt and firing mechanism that combine with a trigger, firing pin and other parts to make up a firearm. It is made from a metal casting called a “blank.”

Crowninshield, who was released from jail after posting a $25,000 bond, also is awaiting trial. According to federal court online records, his next court date is July 2, for a status conference.

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