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Defendant Convicted of Murder, Robbery
in Marijuana Transaction

DATE:  June 1, 2017

CASE:  Kane Thompson (Case #16FE009089)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Kari Reeve, Homicide Unit

Kane Thompson was convicted by a jury for the first-degree murder and robbery of Nicholas Jaffray.  The jury also found true the special circumstance that the murder was committed in the commission of a robbery. 

On May 7, 2016, Kane Thompson met Nicholas Jaffray at a marijuana dispensary.   Mr. Jaffray was a marijuana grower who was at the dispensary to sell his products.  Thompson represented himself to be a marijuana delivery man and legitimate marijuana vendor.  Thompson then told Mr. Jaffray that he would like to do business with him.  Later that day, Thompson and Mr. Jaffray met in an apartment complex parking lot and began to negotiate a marijuana transaction while sitting in Mr. Jaffray’s car.  As a third man with a shotgun walked out from the apartment complex towards the car, Thompson pulled out a handgun and told Mr. Jaffray “not to get killed over a pound of weed.”  Mr. Jaffray attempted to flee in his vehicle, but Thompson shot and killed him as he was exiting the parking lot.  Thompson and the unknown accomplice stole Mr. Jaffray’s backpack containing the marijuana before fleeing the scene. 

Thompson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Sentencing is set for July 14, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 12 before the Honorable Maryanne Gilliard.


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