A 35-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced Friday to 17 years and four months in prison for the drug-related killing of a man found in a burning car in Kansas City, Kan.
Rafeeq Rahman was sentenced in Wyandotte County District Court on a charge of second-degree murder for the December 2012 killing of James Jackson, 62, of Grandview.
Jackson’s body was found inside a burning car in the 200 block of Greeley Avenue the day after he had been stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper and found to be transporting cocaine.
The drugs were confiscated, but Jackson was released pending additional investigation.
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Prosecutors said he was involved with Rahman and another man in distributing drugs.
The other man, Adam W. Smith, 38, initially was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He recently was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison.