Man convicted in Elk Grove drug deal murder sentenced

A man convicted last month for murder during an Elk Grove drug deal was sentenced today in Sacramento Superior Court.

Michael Terrell Jones was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. On May 5, Jones was convicted in a jury trial for the second-degree murder of Manuel Tellez and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found true the allegation that Jones used a firearm to cause death.

On July 3, 2017, the victim drove to an apartment complex in Elk Grove, intending to sell marijuana to Jones. The victim was seated in the driver’s seat of his van when Jones entered the back seat, and soon after, Jones began shooting at the victim.

The victim returned fire with his own handgun, striking Jones multiple times. The victim died at the scene while Jones fled to a hospital for medical assistance, discarding his gun on the way.

After being arrested, detectives from the Elk Grove Police Department heard Jones on a phone call describing the location of the discarded firearm. With the help of a K-9 officer, the gun was located.

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