Former Ellis County deputy sentenced for selling stolen guns

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A former Ellis County deputy was sentenced to more than a year in  federal prison for stealing guns from the department’s evidence room and then selling them.

Philip Gary Slaughter, 43 of Mesquite, was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison.

He pleaded guilty in May to one count of possession or sale of stolen firearms.

He was arrested in April 2016, soon after he resigned as a criminal investigations division lieutenant.

In November 2015, Slaughter received a court order to destroy hundreds of firearms kept in the department’s evidence room.

Slaughter told authorities later, he worked with Deputy Thomas Glen Smith to sell or pawn 40 of those weapons. Some  were sold on Facebook or to family members and friends.

Smith, pleaded guilty in June to one count of possession or sale of stolen firearms and is scheduled to be sentenced this week.

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