A judge on Monday denied multiple motions seeking a new trial for Modesto residents Luke Scarmazzo, atleft, and Ricardo Ruiz Montes, below left, who in May were found guilty on federal drug charges.
The two men, both 28, operated a medical marijuana dispensary that raked in somewhere between $6 million and $9 million in less than two years of operation.
Attorneys for the two men sought a new trial on grounds of juror misconduct, improper jury instruction, not being allowed to argue a point in closing arguments, inconsistent verdicts and vindictive prosecution.
U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger denied them all. The attorneys also sought to have the most serious charge -- operating a continuing criminal enterprise, a felony that carries a mandatory 20-year minimum prison term -- thrown out.
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Wanger also denied that motion. Both men were scheduled to be sentenced Monday, but because the motions hearing took so long, Wanger rescheduled the sentencing for Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.