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Man who warned victim ‘not to get killed over pound of weed’ convicted of murder

A man arrested in the killing of a marijuana grower a year ago in Sacramento County has been convicted of first-degree murder.

Kane Thompson, 25, of North Highlands, was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday in the May 7, 2016, shooting of Nicholas A. Jaffray, 25, of Valley Springs.

Thompson first met Jaffray at a marijuana dispensary. Thompson told Jaffray that he was a marijuana delivery man and legitimate marijuana seller, according to a press release from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

The two met up later at an apartment complex parking lot in Fair Oaks to negotiate a marijuana transaction while sitting in Jaffray’s car. Another man with a shotgun walked from the apartment complex toward the car, and Thompson pulled out a handgun, according to the DA’s office.

Thompson is said to have told Jaffray “not to get killed over a pound of weed.”

Jaffray attempted to flee in his car, but Thompson shot him. Thompson and the unknown accomplice fled with Jaffray’s backpack containing the marijuana.

Sentencing is set for July 14.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews