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.
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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.