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NorCal Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty To Illegally Selling Weapons Used By Criminals

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A former Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to a federal charge stemming from the illegal sale of dozens of weapons, some of which were used by criminals.

Prosecutors in Sacramento said Thomas Lu and fellow former deputy Ryan McGowan, both of Elk Grove, bought and sold handguns that cannot be legally owned by citizens in California.

Lu, age 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of dealing in firearms without a license, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

He is agreeing to cooperate with investigators as part of a deal that could bring him a lighter sentence.

The deputies are charged with serving as straw buyers who trafficked in restricted handguns.

Prosecutors allege among the weapons the sold by McGowan were two assault weapons that turned up in a February 2011 standoff in Daly City.

McGowan has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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