Calif. pot patient convicted in thief's death

A California man who is authorized to grow marijuana under the state's medical marijuana law has been convicted of fatally shooting a man who was trying to steal his pot.

A California man who is authorized to grow marijuana under the state's medical marijuana law has been convicted of fatally shooting a man who was trying to steal his pot.

Phayvanh Dydouangphan of Fresno admitted firing a shotgun at a group of people he caught breaking into his backyard marijuana garden on Sept. 8, but said he acted in self-defense because they were armed.

But a jury accepted prosecutors' contention that the shooting was unjustified and convicted the 47-year-old Dydouangphan of voluntary manslaughter Tuesday in the death of 40-year-old Stanley Wallace.

The slaying prompted Fresno County lawmakers to ban outdoor medical marijuana growing.

Dydouangphan faces a maximum prison term of 25 years to life when he is sentenced Feb. 9.

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