Tracy embezzler asks judge for his guns back
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Sep 30, 2013 | 6998 views | 1 1 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
STOCKTON — A Tracy man convicted of embezzlement asked a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge on Monday, Sept. 30, if he could retrieve the firearms he turned over to the Tracy Police Department last November so he could sell them.

William Tipton was convicted by a jury on Aug. 8 of three counts of grand theft embezzlement and one count of perjury. His wife Frayba was convicted of two counts of grant theft embezzlement and two counts of perjury.

The couple was scheduled for sentencing on Monday, but their attorney Russell Humphrey was unavailable due to illness.

Judge Lauren Thomasson rescheduled the couple’s sentencing for 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 in Department 14.

William Tipton told the judge his firearms were scheduled for destruction on Oct. 10. He said he had someone interested in buying the firearms but needed a court order to get them back.

According to a Tracy Police Department report, on Nov. 28, 2012 a relative of the Tiptons turned in to police a .45-cal. semi-automatic handgun, a different semi-automatic pistol, a 12-gage single barrel pump action shotgun and a .233 rifle bolt action Beretta.

Frayba Tipton told the judge they originally planned to give the firearms to a relative, but now they had a third-party interested in the purchase. She said they needed the money for their court costs.

Thomasson asked Deputy District Attorney JC Weydert if he objected to Tipton getting his firearms back.

Weydert said officials at the Tracy Police Department stated they had concerns that the firearms would “find their way back to Mr. Tipton.”

Thomasson ruled that nothing would happen to the firearms until she made a formal ruling on Oct. 15.

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October 02, 2013
Isn't grand theft embezzlement a felony? Can a convicted felon possess firearms? I think not.

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