I would first like to say that the police and newspapers have sugar coated this, the fact that Frankie DID rat and the fact that Labombard planed this. Many people inculding myself heard him say he was going to do it.
Who are you? Man you know way too much for my comfort haha. Anyway, I want to echo these sentiments, but expand on some regarding the characters of both Frank and Johnny: Frank was my best friend when he was murdered. We spent nearly every day of the week together. I knew Johnny too. I knew there was something off about him, but never thought something like this would happen. The people on here calling Frank a bad person because of his ties to dealing never met the man. First, let me make it clear that Frank was a soldier who was not once convicted of his trafficking or abuse charges. All were dismissed. Firstly, he was not abusive toward women. Leah, his fiance at the time of the murder, was a damn psycho and was the abusive one in that relationship. Frank may have defended himself against her a time or two, but what else can you do when being bashed in the head with a blunt object until you bleed? He should have controlled himself, but it's easier said than done when being attacked by someone. Secondly, he was one of the kindest, most respectable man I've met in my life. I've seen him claim he stole a car that he did not steal to save the driver any legal problems during a criminal case. I've also seen him claim that his friend's drugs were HIS drugs to save his friend from a charge. So even though he has a long rap sheet, he had NO convictions that kept him from having a proper military funeral, a beautiful funeral I might add, and from being buried in the military cemetery. The charges were also often the result of a fight between him and his girlfriend (like when Leah claimed he stole her credit cards, even though they shared finances and lived together, but got into an argument) or the result of Frank taking someone else's charge for them. Also, as far as Johnny goes, he didn't seem to have a conscience or empathy. However, he was damaged goods from his own military service. He was a foot man in the midst of the violence, whereas Frank worked in communications back when cell phone technology was just being introduced to the armed forces. I am not angry with Johnny anymore. Believe me, I used to be. However, I am angrier at the city police department for their hand in the murder and many other terrible incidents. I am also angrier at war and what it does to our children like Johnny. I often wonder what he was like before war. Also, as a very close friend and someone who was very privy to the case and even interrogated on video, I am thankful to Johnny for manning up and pleading guilty to life in prison to avoid a trial, which would have put us all in danger. He didn't need to plea out. He wouldn't have gotten the death penalty because it had been outlawed. He pled out to the maximum sentence when there was no murder weapon found. He would have received far less than the death penalty had it gone to trial; however, he wanted to spare us the backlash it would have caused. I love Frank. I think about him daily, but Johnny is not "evil," he is simply an insane man who should not be on the streets. And he won't be until his 60s. I wish I could have Frank back, but I can't. I wish I had known what was going on right under my nose, but I didn't. I wish I knew he'd die that night when I had talked to him hours prior, but I didn't. As any murder case, there are two families of victims and, in the end, it is an unbelievable tragedy no matter how you look at it. Rest in Peace, Frank. I love you.