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Defendant Convicted for Murder in Failed Marijuana Deal

DATE:  July 26, 2017

CASE:  Christopher Nelson (Case #16FE013712)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Kari Reeve, Homicide Unit

Christopher Nelson was convicted by a jury for the second-degree murder of Roy Fearon.  The jury also found true a gun use allegation. 

On July 12, 2016, Christopher Nelson drove across the country from Virginia to meet with Roy Fearon in Sacramento.  Nelson previously made a deal to buy $6,000 worth of marijuana from the victim, but the deal fell through and Nelson did not receive the marijuana.  Once in Sacramento, the victim attempted to make things right with Nelson by searching local grow houses for available marijuana.  When his efforts failed, Nelson went to the victim’s hotel room to rob him.  Once inside the room, Nelson fired four shots.  The victim was struck twice, killing him. Four other occupants of the room jumped out of the second-story window to escape Nelson, who then fled and was ultimately arrested in Utah. 

Nelson faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for August 18, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 10 before the Honorable Laurel White. 


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