Crime & Courts

Wichita auto shop owner sentenced to life, more in meth injection killing

Wichita police investigate the scene where a body was found on the frontage road south of the Kansas Humane Society, near Hillside and K-96 shortly before 9 a.m. on Jan 16, 2013.
Wichita police investigate the scene where a body was found on the frontage road south of the Kansas Humane Society, near Hillside and K-96 shortly before 9 a.m. on Jan 16, 2013. File photo

The owner of a Wichita auto shop found guilty of murdering a man with a lethal dose of methamphetamine was sentenced Friday to life in prison, plus 77 months, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and court records.

Dang Sean, 33, was found guilty by a Sedgwick County jury last month in the death of 34-year-old Shawn Lindsey, who was bound, tortured and then injected with a quarter-ounce of meth at Sean’s shop on Jan. 11, 2013. His body was found dumped in a wooded area off of K-96 and Hillside five days later.

Sean’s sentence, handed down Friday afternoon by District Judge Ben Burgess, included the 25 years to life sentence on one count of first-degree, premeditated murder, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. The 77-month term was imposed for an aggravated kidnapping conviction in the same case, Dillon said. The sentences will run consecutively, he said.

Prosecutors say Lindsey was kidnapped, attacked and killed by a group of men to settle a debt owed to Sean, owner of Automotive Bullies car repair shop, 116 S. Vine. Sean administered the drug, prosecutors have said.

Sean had been eligible to receive a Hard 50 sentence, which means he would not be eligible for parole until he served 50 years in prison. But jurors in November were unable to unanimously decide whether aggravating factors existed in the case to warrant the heftier sentence.

Of the five other men charged in Lindsey’s slaying:

▪ Jason Jones, 38, is serving life in prison for first-degree murder.

▪ Justin Jones, 38, Jason’s brother, is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 12 on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

▪ Phomphihak Phouthalaksa, 34, will be sentenced Dec. 17 on an amended charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. He pleaded guilty Nov. 17 and faces 17 to 46 months in prison, court records show.

▪ Aaron Stricker, 29, is scheduled for trial on Feb. 17 on a charge of aggravated kidnapping.

▪ Anthony Garza, 30, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20. He faces 55 to 247 months in prison.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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