KC man convicted in death of Independence man

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A federal jury has found a Kansas City man guilty of killing a man in order to prevent him from cooperating in an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking.

Darren A. Frank, 42, was found guilty Tuesday in the death of Douglas C. Weil of Independence.

Frank was convicted of murdering Weil while also involved in making and selling methamphetamine, said John Wood, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Frank was also found guilty of using a firearm for a drug trafficking crime and of killing Weil with the intent to prevent him from communicating with a law enforcement officer in the investigation.

Co-defendant John Street, 46, formerly of Jackson County, was found guilty of the same murder in a separate trial. Frank and Street are subject to a mandatory sentence of life in federal prison without parole.

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