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St. Louis man sentenced to life for 2018 cab driver killing

November 19, 2021 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a cab driver in 2018 and stealing the driver’s minivan.

James Flannel was sentenced Thursday in federal court, more than two years after he pleaded guilty to one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of carjacking, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Flannel admitted to shooting 66-year-old Boris Iouioukine on June 25, 2018, and leaving Iouioukine for dead on a St. Louis street. Flannel’s sentencing was repeatedly delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and his lawyer’s attempts to get more information about abuse he suffered as a child.

Iouioukine’s family told a federal judge overseeing the case that Iouioukine grew up poor in Russia and worked as an interpreter and translator until he moved to the U.S. in the late 1980s. He was was a driver for Laclede Cab when he was killed.

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Flannel still faces federal and state charges after being accused of breaking out of the Lincoln County jail in July 2019 with another inmate, carjacking a vehicle and crashing it in St. Louis County during a police chase. Flannel’s co-defendant in that case, Kurt Wallace, is accused of federal crimes connected to the 2017 killing of a St. Louis man, Ladareace Pool, and the fatal carjacking that killed De Smet Jesuit High School assistant football coach Jaz Granderson.