Yesterday's Sacramento Bee has a story on a three defendant jury trial set to start in Judge Nunley's courtroom on Monday in United States v. McGowan, No. 2:12-CR-207-TLN:
It sounded pretty good in the rumor stage.
Whispered information from “sources” about the investigation led to publicity: Cops from four major police agencies in the Sacramento region were under federal investigation, suspected of engaging in illegal arms dealing.
But when area law enforcement chiefs gathered at the U.S. attorney’s office on June 1, 2012, to unveil an indictment before a crowd of reporters and camera operators, it was like someone stuck a pin in the balloon.
The case had been boiled down to one agency, two Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies, a firearms dealer and a man who allegedly purchased a single weapon. Officers in Sacramento and Roseville were allowed to resign and walk away.
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Former Deputy Ryan McGowan, onetime licensed firearms dealer Robert Snellings Jr., and Ulysses Simpson Grant Early IV are scheduled to go on trial Monday in Sacramento federal court.