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Man who loaned gun to McCluskey's killer sentenced to 3 years probation

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The man accused of lending the gun used to kill University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey will be sentenced Wednesday. (Photo / Steve C. Wilson / University of Utah)

The man accused of lending the gun used to kill University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday.

Nathan Vogel, 21, was given credit for time served in custody so far, and will be on probation for three years.

The court ordered Vogel to forfeit ownership of the .40 caliber Beretta handgun used in McCluskey's murder. He must also pay $100 and complete a mental health evaluation and, if necessary, treatment program.

Now a convicted felon, Vogel will not be allowed to use or possess firearms in the future.

Vogel pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement in June to providing a false statement and fraudulently buying the gun that he gave to his coworker Melvin Rowland.

Rowland used that gun to shoot and kill McCluskey on the U of U campus in October of 2018.

Vogel and 24-year-old Sarah Emily Lady were federally indicted in March for unlawful activity related to McCluskey's death.

Originally, Lady lied about the gun purchase, which she did on Vogel's behalf because he was "generally discharged" from the Army. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah claims in court documents that she falsely told the arms dealer “yes” when asked whether she was the actual buyer of the gun. She feared “that he could not purchase a firearm without a delay,” the document states.

McCluskey's mother, Jill, released the following statement to 2News following the announcement of the charges against the pair:

"We applaud the U.S. Attorneys for pursuing charges against the individuals who lied and conspired to buy the gun that was used to kill our daughter. Still we note that the University of Utah housing staff were informed that our daughter’s killer said he planned to bring the gun to campus, and they did nothing. We hope for additional accountability of the individuals who did not protect Lauren."
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