- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A former Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for selling guns that are illegal under California law.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Ryan McGowan also was fined $7,000 Thursday for dealing firearms without a license and conspiracy to make a false statement in federal firearms records.

The 34-year-old former deputy from Elk Grove sold guns that can be obtained by law enforcement officers but are not on California’s list of handguns approved for sale to the general public.

Prosecutors say he sold 25 guns at an inflated price between 2008 and 2011.

A co-defendant, 64-year-old federal firearms dealer Robert Snellings of Rancho Murieta, was sentenced last week to a year in prison for conspiracy to make false statements in federal firearms records.

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