One of six men charged in connection with the 2013 meth-injection killing of a 34-year-old Wichita man has pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless murder.
Justin A. Jones, 39, faces 109 to 493 months in prison and up to $300,000 in fines when he is sentenced Feb. 13 for the death of Shawn Lindsey on Jan. 11, 2013.
Jones’ plea deal reduced his charge from first-degree intentional murder and dismissed a charge of aggravated kidnapping. He also agreed to pay $2,647.14 in restitution jointly with his co-defendants, according to court records.
Prosecutors say Jones was among a group of men who kidnapped, tortured and injected Lindsey with a lethal dose of methamphetamine to settle a debt owed to Automotive Bullies car repair shop owner Dang Sean. Surveyors found Lindsey’s body dumped in a wooded area off K-96 near Hillside on Jan. 16, 2013.
Sean, prosecutors have said, administered the drug.
Sedgwick County District Court Judge Ben Burgess will preside over Jones’ sentencing.
Of the other men charged in Lindsey’s killing:
▪ Sean, 34, was sentenced Dec. 12 to life in prison, plus 77 months on counts of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.
▪ Jason Jones, 39, is serving life in prison for first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.
▪ Aaron Stricker, 29, is set for jury trial Feb. 17. He is charged with aggravated kidnapping.
▪ Anthony Garza, 30, is due in court Feb. 20 for sentencing on a kidnapping conviction.
▪ Phouthalaksa Phomphihak, 34, was sentenced last month to 19 months incarceration on a count of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. He was given credit for the 22 months he served awaiting disposal of his case and released.