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Guilty Verdict in 2010 Slaying of Seth Frankel

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Guilty Verdict in 2010 Slaying of Seth Frankel: William L. “J.R.” Phillip Jr. has been convicted of Murder in the First Degree for the fatal stabbing of Seth Frankel in 2010. Frankel was a well-known video producer for the City of Kent. Phillip became jealous of Frankel after a woman broke off her relationship with Phillip to start seeing Frankel again. In May of 2010, Phillip stabbed Frankel to death in Frankel’s Auburn apartment. Auburn Police Detectives tracked Phillip by using his cell phone records and collected his DNA at the scene. Phillip also attempted to use plastic zip ties to confine Frankel, the same ties that Phillip had access to at his job in Portland. Phillip faces a sentence of 20 to 26 ½ years in prison under state sentencing guidelines. The sentencing will be held on June 27 at 9 a.m. before Judge Andrea Darvas in courtroom 4J at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was prosecuted by Senior DPAs Wyman Yip and Patrick Hinds.

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