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Man sentenced to 37.5 years in prison for police informant's murder

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PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona man has been sentenced to 37½ years in prison for the 2001 killing 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.

A judge in Phoenix sentenced Mikhail Drachev  on Friday under 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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