Man ruled guilty in death of witness

Thursday, April 18, 2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for strangling a woman to prevent her from testifying against him in a burglary case.

Michael Farris, 47, was convicted in the death of Sophia Szymczak, 76, on Sept. 3, 1999. Sentencing was set for Thursday.

Prosecutors said Farris burglarized Szymczak's home in May 1998. After he was ordered to stand trial, he returned to her home and strangled her.

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