Sacramento Superior Court Jury convicts man of murder following deadly Facebook exchange

In a trial at Sacramento County Superior Court, a jury found a man guilty of murder that stemmed from a Facebook dispute. The jury convicted Nue Thao of the first-degree murder in the death of Jonathan Lee.  

Evidence presented during the trial revealed that following a threatening post by Thao regarding one of Lee's relatives, the victim texted a relative to see if anyone was outside of her house.  The relative told the victim a car was parked in front of her house and a man was standing outside of the car looking at her house. 

Lee then drove to the relative's house where he confronted Thao. However, there was no physical altercation at that time. 

Thao then drove past Lee who Thao’s car with a machete. Thao then got out of his car and fired 14 shots at the victim before fleeing the scene.  

The victim was struck in the forehead and died. Detectives identified Thao through social media and forensic evidence showed two casings found in Thao’s car and determined they matched the casings at the crime scene.

Thao faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison and sentencing is on September 11. The case was prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit. 

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