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Modesto man sentenced to 11 years in prison

Posted at 6:42 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 21:42:48-05

A Modesto man has been sentenced to prison and another man plead guilty to burglarizing a Fresno Firearms store according to the Department of Justice.

Johnny Sanchez, 22, was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison for stealing 50 firearms from a Fresno gun store last year and co-defendant Nathan Creel, 22, also of Modesto, plead guilty to conspiring with Sanchez and three others in connection with the burglary of the firearms store.

According to court documents, on October 20, 2017, Sanchez, Creel and co-defendants James Britt, David Avina and Luis Galvan broke into the store by cutting a chain and lock with bolt cutters and prying open the door. The defendants stole 50 firearms including numerous foreign and domestic rifles. 

The defendants reportedly sold most of the firearms.

Creel is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge O'Neill on February 11, 2019 and faces a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Britt plead guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25, 2019. Charges are currently pending against David Avina and Luis Galvan. The charges are only allegations as they are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.