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
Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/