A woman who was facing an involuntary manslaughter trial in the shooting death of a backyard pot robber she caught stealing her plants has died.
The Sacramento County Coroner's Office said the cause of death is pending on Vanna Nomesiri, who died on Nov. 24.
Prosecutors are expected to move to formally dismiss charges today in Sacramento Superior Court against Nomesiri, who was 52.
Charges still are pending against her son, Chinda Nomesiri, 33.
According to police and prosecutors, Vanna Nomesiri shot and killed Vue Cheng, 29, at 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2011, while he and a group of other pot thieves were raiding her backyard garden at her residence in the 600 block of Morey Avenue in Del Paso Heights.
Nomesiri's lawyer said she had a medical marijuana certificate.
The DA's Office offered her a deal in which she would have served no more than a year in county jail, but she rejected it.
Her attorney, Brad Holmes, said nobody in the family informed him of Nomesiri's death.
Holmes said he learned that the family thinks Nomesiri died of a stroke.
"She had some heart problems," he said.