Soto found guilty of aiding murder

By Katherine Wartell

A jury found Domingo Soto, 42, guilty of aiding and abetting in the first degree murder of Steve Freel in Riley County District Court Wednesday.

He was found guilty of providing the .45-caliber handgun that Michael Layne, 20, allegedly used to kill Freel on Dec. 6, 2011.

Freel’s body was found on the following day where he had been shot and left to die on a rural road near the 5300 block of N. 48th St.

Soto was also found guilty of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

He was found not guilty of being in possession of stolen property. It had been alleged that Layne and two others robbed a Manhattan woman at gunpoint at the behest of Soto, and that Soto was in possession of her property.

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