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Man convicted in gun heist seeks new trial

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 24 2013 08:19:04 AM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

A man convicted in what is believed to be the largest gun heist in Montana history is asking for a new trial.
    
Benjamin Quinn McChesney's attorney said in court filings Tuesday that McChesney's ex-girlfriend prejudiced the jury against him by making disparaging comments about him during recesses in the trial.
    
He also claims comments made during the trial by U.S. District Judge William Nielsen also may have influenced the jury to return a guilty verdict.
    
Jurors earlier this month found the 35-year-old McChesney guilty of two firearms theft charges and possession of stolen firearms. The jury also convicted 29-year-old Lloyd John Romero of possession of stolen firearms.
    
The men were charged in the 2010 theft of 136 guns from a freight trailer in Billings.