US man convicted of killing 2 Israelis

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 | 
A Los Angeles man was convicted of the 2002 murders of two Israeli citizens whose bodies were buried in shallow graves in San Bernardino County, California. A jury found Benjamin Frandsen, 31, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. Frandsen will face life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on Jan. 24. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty against him or his co-defendant, Shane Huang, who was previously convicted. Huang, 36, is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 6. Ben Wertzberger and Adar Ne'eman, both 24, were killed in December 2002. Wertzberger moved to California to work as a disc jockey and cared for Huang’s marijuana-growing operation. Ne'eman had been visiting Wertzberger. Prosecutors said the two were killed because Huang thought they were trying to take his marijuana.

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