Sacramento man convicted of murder in drug deal gone awry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —  A Sacramento man was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday after he killed a man during a marijuana deal in 2017.

A jury convicted Michael Terrell Jones of the second-degree murder of Manuel Tellez, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury determined that Jones “personally used a firearm causing death.”

Prosecutors said Tellez drove to an Elk Grove apartment complex in July of 2017, seeking to sell marijuana to Jones. Jones allegedly entered the man’s backseat and began shooting at Tellez, who returned fire with his own handgun, striking jones multiple times.

Tellez died on the scene, while Jones dropped his gun and fled to a nearby hospital for medical assistance. Elk Grove Police detectives say they overheard Jones describe the location of the dropped firearm on a phone call within custody. The gun was located by a K-9 officer shortly after.

Jones faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in a California state prison. He will return to court for sentencing on June 4, 2021, before the Hon. Steven Gevercer in Department 27.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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