TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A former Illinois man was found guilty in federal court today of conspiring with another man to drug, torture and rape a young man they picked up at a Tampa club.
A jury found Scott Schweickert guilty of distributing the drug GHB to a victim to commit a crime of violence against Michael Wachholtz. He was acquitted on a drug distribution charge that involved a second man, Jason Galehouse, The Tampa Tribune reported.
Prosecutors say Scott Schweickert and Steven Lorenzo drugged, tortured and raped men they lured home from bars in December 2003. Galehouse and Wachholtz both died.
Lorenzo was convicted of the same federal charges in November 2005 and sentenced to 200 years in prison. State prosecutors say they are preparing murder charges against the two.
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