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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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DECEMBER 4, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDER

RELATED TO METH TRAFFICKING


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

District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for the 1998 murder of an Independence, Mo., man to prevent the victim from cooperating with law enforcement authorities who were investigating illegal methamphetamine trafficking.


            Darren A. Frank, also known as “Derwood,” 42, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to life in federal prison without parole.


            On May 27, 2008, Frank was found guilty of the murder of Douglas C. Weil of Independence, whose body was discovered on Feb. 9, 1998.


            Frank was convicted of murdering Weil while engaged in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine between Jan. 1, 1996, and Sept. 21, 1999. Frank was also found guilty of using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and of killing Weil with the intent to prevent him from communicating with a law enforcement officer about the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.


            Evidence presented during the trial indicated that Frank, a member of the El Forasteros outlaw motorcycle gang, was offered $5,000 to murder Weil, who was suspected of cooperating with law enforcement.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeff Valenti and K. Michael Warner. 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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