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Flagstaff man getting federal court retrial in gun case

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A Flagstaff man convicted of firearms offenses has had his case sent back to U.S. District Court for a retrial.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Mala Travon Shorty wasn't appropriately explained the ramifications of waiving a jury trial in his case.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the 43-year-old Shorty has a learning disability and a low IQ.

Shorty was arrested in 2010 after federal agents raided his Flagstaff home and reported finding 12 firearms, ammunition and a gun safe.

Shorty is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms.

A bench trial ended in conviction on all counts and Shorty was sentenced to 33 months in a federal prison.

He remains in federal custody in Phoenix. A date for his retrial hasn't been set.


Information from: Arizona Daily Sun,

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