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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD



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JUNE 28, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


JACKSON COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

FOR MURDER, METH


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western

District of Missouri, announced that a former Jackson County, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for the 1998 murder of an Independence, Mo., man.

 

            John “Phil” Street, 45, formerly of Jackson County, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to life in federal prison without parole.


            On Dec. 12, 2006, Street was convicted by a federal jury for the murder of Douglas C. Weil of Independence, whose body was discovered on Feb. 9, 1998. Street was found guilty of murdering Weil while engaged in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine between Jan. 1, 1996 and Sept. 21, 1999. Following its verdict, the jury recommended a sentence of life imprisonment.


            Street was manufacturing a large amount of methamphetamine, primarily supplying meth to members of the El Forastero outlaw motorcycle gang. Street engineered the murder of Weil, who was brutally beaten, stabbed multiple times, shot in the back of the head and in the back, then stuffed in the trunk of a car.


            While serving a 15-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Street bragged about his role in Weil’s murder to a fellow inmate and to other associates.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys W. Brent Powell and Jeff Valenti. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Metro Meth Drug Task Force, the Jackson County Drug Task Force, and the Independence, Mo., Police Department.


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