A 33-year-old Wichita man was convicted Friday of first-degree premeditated murder in the January 2013 meth-injection death of Shawn Lindsey, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.
The penalty phase of 33-year-old Dang Sean’s trial starts Monday, district attorney spokesman Dan Dillon said via e-mail. Jurors during that proceeding will decide whether aggravating factors exist that would make Sean eligible for a Hard 50 prison sentence in Lindsey’s killing.
In Kansas a standard first-degree murder conviction carries a minimum prison sentence of life without parole eligibility for 25 years, but prosecutors can ask for more time if a crime was committed in an especially heinous, atrocious or cruel manner.
Prosecutors say Lindsey was bound and tortured at a west Wichita auto shop on Jan. 11, 2013, then injected with a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine to settle a debt. Surveyors found his body in a field near K-96 and Hillside five days later.
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Sean owned the shop and stood accused of administering the lethal dose of meth. Five other men also were charged in Lindsey’s slaying.