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He drove to Sacramento for marijuana. Now he is convicted of second-degree murder

A man was found guilty of second-degree murder in a shooting death that grew out of a failed marijuana sale, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Christopher Bernard Nelson, 35, was convicted by a jury on Wednesday in the killing of Roy Fearon, 45, at a Sacramento motel a year ago. Sacramento police officers found Fearon dead inside a room at the Days Inn in the 200 block of Jibboom Street.

The district attorney’s office said in a news release that Nelson made a deal to buy $6,000 worth of marijuana. However, he did not receive his marijuana, so he drove from Virginia to Sacramento to meet with Fearon.

Fearon, according to the DA, tried to settle up by searching for available marijuana. However, Fearon’s efforts failed and Nelson went to the motel to rob him, according to prosecutors.

Once inside the motel room, Nelson fired four shots. Fearon was shot twice and four other people in the room jumped out of the room’s second-floor window to safety.

Nelson fled before being arrested later in Utah.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews