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Crime Q&A: What happened to suspect in Nevada County pot theft that led to fatal crash?

Q: What happened to Terry McLeod? I believe he was involved in a drug deal and someone was killed during a car chase.

Rick, Sacramento

A: Terry A. McLeod pleaded guilty to robbery and involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from a 2010 robbery in Nevada County in which his partner, Timothy Daniel Fitzpatrick, was killed.

McLeod was sentenced in 2011 to 20 years in state prison. Now 57 years old, he is at the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown.

According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, on Jan. 2, 2010, McLeod and Fitzpatrick donned police uniforms and raided a ranch house in the North San Juan area of Nevada County where the occupants were growing marijuana. After tying up the residents and fleeing with a couple of plastic bags full of pot, $4,000 and other items, McLeod and Fitzpatrick drove off.

One of the robbery victims, Christopher A. Teachout, freed himself, got into his vehicle and chased the robbers. Law enforcement officers said the robbers shot at Teachout during the chase and Teachout rammed their truck with his pickup, sending it into a tree.

Fitzpatrick, a concrete contractor from Elk Grove who had fallen on hard times, died in the crash.

Teachout initially was charged with manslaughter, but he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, according to court records. He later converted the jail time to 600 hours of community service.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy