Two men have been convicted of the 2012 shooting death of a Wilton man in a case involving marijuana theft.
Kailan James, 23, and Daniel Valine, 45, were convicted by separate juries in the death of 60-year-old Kelly McClurg. James today was found guilty of first-degree murder with a felony murder special circumstance and first-degree robbery, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's office news release. Valine was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder with arming enhancements.
McClurg, a mechanic and electrician, was shot and killed Oct. 26, 2012, at his Dillard Road home in rural Wilton, where he lived as a caretaker. Family members said he had a medical marijuana certificate due to a muscular medical issue in his arms.
According to the prosecutor, Valine had known McClurg most of his life, and had helped him trim his marijuana plants and bag the buds. McClurg didn't sell his marijuana but reportedly freely gave it away to friends and family who dropped by.
The shooting reportedly stemmed from McClurg's accusation that James and his girlfriend, Valine's daughter, had stolen some of his marijuana.
According to the District Attorney's Office, James faces a potential sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole, and Valine faces a possible sentence of 40 years to life in prison. Both men are to be sentenced Dec. 6 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon.