St. Louis man pleads guilty to killing cab driver last year
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge in the shooting death of a cab driver.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 37-year-old James Flannel pleaded guilty Friday to one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of carjacking. As part of the plea, Flannel admitted to shooting 66-year-old Boris Iouioukine in June 2018.
Iouioukine emigrated from Russia and was a driver for Laclede Cab. He was found dead in the middle of a street.
Prosecutors say Flannel shot Iouioukine after ordering a cab, driving off in Iouioukine’s minivan. Police later found the cab, along with a water bottle with Flannel’s fingerprint on it. The gun used in the killing was found in Spanish Lake Park.
Flannel faces life in prison.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com