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City sells key evidence in 2 DUI-related deaths

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A drunken driver linked to the deaths of two pedestrians when parts from his car were found near their bodies has avoided a lengthy prison term because the city sold key evidence — his car — for scrap.

Scott A. Weber, 25, of Independence, was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days of prison substance-abuse treatment and three years' probation.

Prosecutors agreed to the light sentence when they learned Weber's car, seized after the deaths, was sold to a salvager two months after the September 2004 accident and destroyed.

The car was critical to the case because no witnesses could identify Weber as the driver, prosecutor Teresa Moore said.