HUTCHINSON, Kansas – One of the men charged in the mistaken identity murder of Jennifer Heckel back in June of 2011 was sentenced to 15 years and 3 months Friday.
Billy J. Craig, Jr. entered a no contest plea and was found guilty by Reno County judge of the crime of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.
Craig conspired with Charles Christopher Logsdon and a third unnamed co-conspirator to rob and kill another woman over drugs and money. Logsdon was convicted of first-degree murder and other related charges following a three week jury trial in November of 2012.
Prosecutors say Craig drove the other two men to the wrong home and sat outside in a car while they went inside.
In return for the Billy Craig’s plea, the State of Kansas agreed to dismiss all other charges pending in the case, dismiss two pending cases against him involving drug and financial fraud crimes, and recommend that a pending contempt of court allegation be dismissed by the Reno County District Court.
The Reno County District Attorney’s Office will recommend the maximum sentence allowable under the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act for conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.