Calif. Man Sentenced In Seattle Girl's Death


Roger Kibbe was sentenced yesterday to a 25-year-to-life term in prison for strangling a teen-age girl from Seattle in one of the "I-5 Strangler" killings.

Kibbe, 51, of Citrus Heights, Calif., showed no emotion during the sentencing by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Terrence Finney. Kibbe must serve a minimum of 16 years and eight months behind bars before he can be considered for parole.

A jury convicted Kibbe of one count of first-degree murder after Prosecutor Robert Drossel said the defendant assembled murder tools "like a mechanic getting ready to go to work" and then killed Darcie Frackenpohl.

Frackenpohl, a 17-year-old runaway, was slain while working as a prostitute in Sacramento. Her partly clothed body was found near Echo Summit in 1987.

The judge let prosecutors present evidence linking Kibbe, a furniture-maker whose last job was to run a rental-storage facility, to several other killings and to a Sacramento kidnap attempt that occurred between April 1986 and May 1988.