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Anderson sentenced on remaining charges

Almost two weeks after a Mohave County jury sentenced a California man to death, he was sentenced Friday on two remaining charges.

Mohave County Superior Court Judge James Chavez sentenced Frank Winfield Anderson to life in prison without parole for 25 years for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

That sentence is to run consecutively of his death sentence.

Anderson was convicted last year of three counts of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for killing Leta Kagen, her 15-year-old son, Robert Delahunt, and Roland Wear at Kagen's Golden Valley residence in1996.

On Nov.

26 a jury sentenced Anderson to death for each of the three murder charges.

On Friday, Chavez also sentenced Anderson to 12 and a half years in prison for armed robbery, also to be served consecutively to the other charges.

His attorney, Tom Kehm, admitted the length of time was not significant compared to the death sentence but asked for concurrent sentences saying that the five offenses were related to one plan to execute the victims.

Kehm also argued that death sentences could be commuted or thrown out.

Chief Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jake Zack argued for consecutive terms saying that the armed robbery and conspiracy to commit murder charges were different crimes and that Anderson had prior felony convictions.

Anderson's trial was Arizona's first under a new law that requires a jury instead of a judge to hear aggravating and mitigating factors then either sentence a murderer to death or to life in prison.

The law was enacted after the U.S.

Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional for judges to impose the death penalty in capital cases.

On Aug.

12, 1996, Anderson, along with Kimberly Lane and Bobby Poyson, murdered Kagen, Delahunt, and Wear, then stole Wear's truck.

After dropping Lane and Poyson off near Chicago, Anderson was stopped and arrested driving the truck in Southern Illinois.

Poyson, 26, was convicted and sentenced to death in November 1999.

He is also on death row.

Lane, 20, was also convicted in her first murder trial but her conviction was overturned.

Prior to her second trial, she pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received a reduced sentence.

Lane is expected to be released from prison in six months.