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Owner of Sacramento’s former tennis team will stay in jail another week

Deepal Wannakuwatte, owner of Sacramento’s recently departed professional tennis team, will be in jail for at least another week.

Wannakuwatte, 63, is accused in a federal criminal complaint of cheating investors in his West Sacramento medical glove business.

He appeared Thursday before U. S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire for what was to have been a bail hearing. But defense lawyer Donald Heller said he had not yet had time to go over a report and recommendation from the court’s pretrial services unit.

Claire described the report as “voluminous” and said there are parts in it about Wannakuwatte that “I’m concerned about.”

The hearing was continued to next Thursday, March 6. For the past two years, Wannakuwatte’s family has owned the Sacramento Capitals, a member of the World TeamTennis league. Earlier this month, the team announced it was moving to Las Vegas, ending a sometimes tumultuous 28-year run in Sacramento because of difficulties in securing a permanent stadium. The team was renamed the Las Vegas Neon.