Man implicated in Mustang woman's dismemberment death sentenced on drug charges

Once charged in the death and dismemberment of Carina Saunders, Jimmy Lee Massey Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison on drug charges.
by Tim Willert Modified: March 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: March 13, 2013

An Oklahoma City man once implicated in the killing and dismemberment of Carina Saunders was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison on drug charges.

Jimmy Lee Massey Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and three counts of distribution of meth, court records show.

He also received 10 years of probation after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors, who agreed to reduce two trafficking counts in exchange for his guilty pleas.

Neither Massey nor his attorney spoke with reporters outside the courtroom of Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong.

Massey admitted in court papers to possessing meth with the intent to distribute and said he conspired with others to distribute the drug in October 2011, adding that he “distributed meth on three separate occasions.”

Massey and four others were charged in November 2011 with drug trafficking and conspiracy to traffic.

Three co-defendants pleaded guilty and received prison sentences, court records show. The case against a fifth defendant is pending, records show.

Charges are dropped

Massey, 34, was one of two men charged with murder in the 2011 killing of the Saunders, 19, whose body was found in a duffel bag behind a Bethany grocery store.

The charges were dropped by the Oklahoma County district attorney's office because of insufficient evidence.

Luis Enrique Ruiz, 38, was released from jail after the case was dismissed on Feb. 22.

Charges can be refiled after further investigation, according to a judge's order.


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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