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Chico woman sentenced to 31 years for police chase

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:47:05 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 26 2013 11:51:14 AM CST

A Chico woman was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for a high speed chase that left her boyfriend dead.

On Friday in Sacramento, Leslie McCulley, 29, was sentenced to 31 years and 4 months to life in prison.

On September 11, a jury convicted McCulley of four felonies, including aiding and abetting premeditated and deliberate attempted murder, aiding and abetting reckless evasion of peace officers, felon in possession of a gun, and possession of a stolen car.

On May 18, 2012, McCulley and her boyfriend, 33-year-old Lucus Webb, were spotted by Sacramento police officers driving a stolen car in the Land Park area. 

According to prosecutors,  Webb was armed with a stolen .357 caliber revolver. When officers attempted a vehicle stop, Webb began driving at a high rate of speed and a chase ensued throughout Land Park and Hollywood Park. Part of the chase went through the St. Roberts Elementary school campus. Webb drove up to 70 mph through a small playground area with over 80 elementary school children on the playground.

Investigators said  at one point, McCulley used the gun and shot out a passenger side window. The police disengaged the chase several times out of public safety concerns, but eventually located the abandoned car with McCulley and Webb nearby.

Officer Randy Van Dusen and K9 Officer Bodie were called to the scene. They chased Webb into a residential yard where Webb shot Bodie point blank in the face, shattering his jaw and paw. Webb then shot at Officer Van Dusen, narrowly missing him. Officer Van Dusen returned fire, killing Webb.

McCulley was quickly apprehended.  Investigators said she later admitted she knew of Webb's intent to kill an officer. She also reportedly encouraged Webb to kill an officer.

Prosecutors said McCulley has a criminal history in Butte County dating back to 2008, including felony drug possession and drug possession for sale charges. McCulley had also given a statement in a 2010 Butte County case where she admitted that she wanted to shoot a CHP officer.

During a jailhouse interview last year, McCulley said she didn't know the car Webb was driving had been stolen and did not know he had a gun.  She said she lied to police to protect Webb, and told investigators that she was the one who took the stolen car.