Torture Trial Ends With Guilty Verdict - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/31/04

Torture Trial Ends With Guilty Verdict

A Lubbock Jury sentenced Phillip Clark to 50-years in prison, and fined him $10,000.

That means Clark will have to serve at least 25 years in prison before he is even eligible for parole. The state was seeking life in prison, while the defense was pushing the jury to consider this torture as a second degree felony since Frank Beck, the victim, was released safely. Ultimately, the jury chose 50 years.

State Prosecutor Cameron Cowan says they are pleased with the jury's verdict. "I believe we had a strong case and that the evidence was pretty clear. It was aggravated kidnapping, the jury evaluated the evidence carefully and sentencing...they rendered an appropriate verdict."

Two other men, Clements "Moe" McLaughlin and Shane Wilkins are also facing the same charges of aggravated kidnapping, those trial dates have yet to be set.

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