The second defendant in the 1998 drug-related murder of Douglas Weil was convicted Tuesday in federal court.

A federal jury has found a Kansas City man guilty of killing an Independence 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 , who was killed in 1998 .

His body was found in the trunk of a car at a hotel in Kansas City. Street was indicted in late 2004, and Frank was added to the indictment in 2006.

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.

(Some information in this article camed from The Examiner’s files.)