Aug 15, 2014 12:25 PM by Associated Press

Man to be sentenced in murder of police informant

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona man will be sentenced for his role in the 2001 death of a police informant who revealed details of a botched heist of nearly $1 million in steroids from a FedEx truck outside a Phoenix pharmacy.

Mikhail Drachev is expected to receive a prison sentence Friday as part of a plea agreement in the killing of 21-year-old Konstantin Simberg.

Drachev was the last person to be convicted in the case.

Simberg was kidnapped, beaten with brass knuckles, stabbed, set on fire and left for dead.

Authorities say Simberg had acknowledged involvement in the plot to steal 6,000 vials of human growth hormone and implicated another man in the crime.

Police say Drachev and two others kidnapped Simberg as he talked to a detective on the phone.


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