Crime & Courts

Man sentenced to 19 months for connection to meth-injection slaying

Wichita Police investigate the scene where a body was found near Hillside and K-96 on Jan. 16, 2013.
Wichita Police investigate the scene where a body was found near Hillside and K-96 on Jan. 16, 2013. File photo

Another defendant connected to the meth-injection slaying of 34-year-old Shawn Lindsey last year was sentenced this week to 19 months incarceration for his role in the crime, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and court records.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Ben Burgess imposed the sentence on 34-year-old Phouthalaksa Phomphihak, who pleaded in November to an amended count of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. He was originally charged with aggravated kidnapping.

Sedgwick County District Attorney spokesman Dan Dillon said Phomphihak will be given credit for 22 months he’s already served in jail, which exceeds the 19-month sentence imposed.

“This means he has or will be on post-release supervision,” Dillon said by e-mail Thursday.

Phomphihak is one of six men charged in the Jan. 11, 2013, death of Lindsey, who was bound, tortured and injected with a lethal dose of methamphetamine before his body was dumped off of K-96 and Hillside. Prosecutors have said he was killed to settle a debt owed to the shop’s owner, Dang Sean.

Surveyors discovered the body five days later.

Court documents say Phomphihak and Sean punched and kicked Lindsey before he was driven around Wichita to look for his truck then ultimately taken to the auto shop and killed.

Sean, 33, who was found guilty at trial of Lindsey’s first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, was sentenced Dec. 12 to life in prison, plus 77 months.

Of the other men charged: 39-year-old Justin Jones and 29-year-old Aaron Stricker are awaiting trial; Anthony Garza, 30, is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 20; and Jason Jones, 39, is serving life in prison on a first-degree murder conviction in the case.

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

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