- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2015

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) - A jury has convicted a former Lake County sheriff’s deputy of embezzlement and official misconduct for stealing four firearms from the department’s evidence room and trying to sell one.

The district attorney’s office says William Berry was found guilty Thursday following a four-day trial. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 10.

The investigation began when someone complained that he had paid Berry for a .38 Colt semi-automatic handgun but never received the weapon. The gun had been seized as evidence during an unrelated domestic violence investigation Berry initiated as the responding officer.

Berry removed the guns from the evidence room and duped the wife of the person accused in the domestic violence case into transferring ownership to him for $500 cash.

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