A former Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy convicted of firearms-related charges has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Ryan James McGowan, 33, had faced a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in prison. A Sacramento County jury in August convicted him of two-felony charges, one for providing a large-capacity ammunition clip to a federal undercover agent and another for possession of an illegal shotgun. McGowan previously pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of possession of testosterone. At the time of the crimes, he was a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy.
McGowan was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White, who also placed McGowan on three years of formal probation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
On July 15, 2011, McGowan was being investigated for violations of federal and state firearms laws. During a gun sale transaction, he unlawfully gave a large capacity magazine to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. On Nov. 3, 2011, agents uncovered an Izhmash Saiga 12 gauge assault weapon and small bottles of testosterone at McGowan’s residence.