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Aug 7, 2014 9:17 AM by Associated Press

Ex-Sacramento deputy convicted on firearms counts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A former Sacramento County sheriff's deputy has been convicted of two federal charges stemming from the illegal sale of dozens of weapons, some of which were used by criminals.

The Sacramento Bee reports a jury on Wednesday returned guilty verdicts against 33-year-old Ryan McGowan of Elk Grove.

He was convicted of providing a large-capacity ammunition clip to a federal undercover agent and possession of an illegal shotgun.

McGowan was accused of serving as a straw buyer who trafficked in restricted handguns.

McGowan declined to comment after the verdict.

He faces a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in prison.

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