A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Leslie Marie McCulley of attempted murder on a peace officer for the gunshot her boyfriend took at a Sacramento policeman last year after first shooting and seriously wounding the officer's police dog, Bodie.
McCulley, who also was convicted on three other felony counts, is facing a prison term of well more than 15- years to-life when she returns to Judge Greta Curtis Fall's courtroom, Deputy District Attorney Tate Davis said. McCulley's sentencing was set for Oct. 11.
Jurors took less than a day to determine that McCulley, 30, aided and abetted her boyfriend, Lucus Jerome Webb, 33, in the May 18, 2012, shooting when he fired a round at Officer Randy Van Dusen. Webb was shot and killed by the officer's return fire.
McCulley and Webb, both of whom were from Butte County, were in Sacramento on a drug deal and driving a stolen car, authorities said. An officer running a routine check on the car's plates determined it was stolen. The pair then took off on a high-speed chase through Land Park and Hollywood Park when officers tried to stop them.
The chase ended when the suspects abandoned the car and took off on foot, according to police. Van Dusen and his police dog, Bodie, cornered Webb in a backyard. Authorities said Webb first shot the dog and then aimed and fired at the officer before he himself was killed.
Van Dusen said today that Bodie has since recovered from his injuries and has been taken out of service.