Humboldt County pot grower who killed worker gets life sentence

Jun 4, 2015 5:24 PM by Associated Press

A Northern California marijuana farmer convicted of killing one immigrant worker and shooting another over a payment dispute at his marijuana farm will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A federal judge sentenced Mikal X. Wilde on Wednesday to life in prison plus another 35 years.

A jury last month convicted the 33-year-old of murder, attempted murder and drug charges.

Wilde killed one worker and shot another in the face and left him for dead after they demanded payment for working on his Humboldt County marijuana farm in 2010.

The injured worker hid in the woods for a night before calling authorities. The two workers were from Guatemala.

Prosecutors say Wilde hired them because he believed they were "expendable" and wouldn't be missed if they disappeared.

Wilde's attorney didn't return a phone call for comment Thursday.

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