Wichita man sentenced for 2013 murder and kidnapping

WICHITA, Kansas –  A Wichita man sentenced to prison for the kidnapping and murder of Shawn Lindsey in 2013. Utility crews found Lindsey’s body in a wooded area near K-96 and Hillside January 16th of 2013.

Court Judge Ben Burgess sentenced Sean, 33 of Wichita, to 25 years to life for 1st degree murder and 77 months for kidnapping. The kidnapping sentence will run consecutively to the life sentence. Mr. Lindsey was murdered on January 11th, 2013. His body was found near K-96 and Hillside January 16.

Two men found guilty of motor vehicle crimes that killed a man and seriously injured a woman were also sentenced to prison on Friday.

Bunice Howard Jr., 27 of Wichita, carjacked a vehicle being driven by a 23 year old woman at 11th and Volutsia on March 10, 2014. The woman’s two year old child was in the back seat. The car crashed into a house and the woman received a crippling leg injury.

Howard pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, attempted robbery, aggravated endangering a child, theft and two counts of criminal trespass. District Court Judge Dave Dahl sentenced Howard to 125 months in prison.

Melvin Day pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence and driving while suspended. District Court Judge Ben Burgess sentenced Day, 56 of Wichita, to 172 months.

On March 5, 2014, Day was the driver of a car that struck a tree in the front yard of a home at 2244 N. Jackson in Wichita. A passenger in the front seat Kevin Donn, 55 of Wichita, died at the scene.

Day had four previous DUI convictions before the March 5th crash.

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