Two brothers have been arrested in connection with the shotgun killing of three men who were allegedly trying to steal from a Calaveras County marijuana patch.
The triple slaying occurred about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday near the small town of Rail Road Flat, 20 miles east of Jackson. Deputies were called to a property in the 1400 block of Railroad Flat Road by someone not connected to the shooting who apparently heard gunfire.
When deputies arrived, they found two men dead on a dirt road. A third dead man was found just off the roadway.
According to a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office news release, an investigation revealed that Leon Michael Grammer, 38, who lives on the property, found three trespassers allegedly attempting to steal marijuana being grown for medical purposes.
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Grammer telephoned his brother, Jeremiah Lee Barrett, 30, of Jackson to come to the property. It is believed that Grammer armed himself and fired several rounds toward the trespassers.
Once Barrett arrived, he confronted the trio running on the roadway and allegedly shot them with a shotgun, according to the press release.
The brothers were interviewed by detectives and booked into jail. Grammer was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory and conspiracy. Barrett was booked on suspicion of homicide and conspiracy.
The names of the three dead men have not been released.