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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was convicted Sacramento firearms dealer granted new trial?

Q: Has convicted firearms dealer Robert Snellings been sentenced or granted a new trial?

Anonymous, Sacramento

A: A request by Robert Snellings Jr., a Sacramento firearms dealer, and co-defendant Ryan McGowan, a former Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy, for a new trial was denied in November.

According to federal court records available online, they are to be sentenced Feb. 25.

A federal jury in June found McGowan guilty of dealing in firearms without a license and conspiring to falsify firearms records. Snellings was found guilty of conspiring to falsify records of transactions at his gun shop.

The convictions came during a second trial. The case previously ended in a mistrial, when the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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