Parents sentenced in Orange County murder cover-up

CorrespondentDecember 18, 2013 

— A judge told Mishele Minton she was amoral and evil for trying to cover up her son Brian Minton’s murder of Joshua Bailey in 2008 by dissolving the body with acid.

“Assisting in buying acid! I mean acid!” Superior Court Judge George Abernathy exclaimed. “...I can’t conceive of somebody that is so evil they would assist in buying acid so that a mother and dad would never find out what happened to their child.”

Julie Bailey expressed similar feelings at Wednesday’s sentencing. “To them, Josh was nothing.”

On July 29, 2008, Brian Minton, Jacob Maxwell, Jack Johnson, Matt Johnson and several other young men kidnapped and took him into the woods, where Brian Minton then ordered Matt Johnson at gunpoint to shoot and kill the 20-year-old Bailey, according to court testimony. A few days later, they dug up the decomposing corpse and drove to Jordan Lake where they buried it in a deeper grave.

Mishele Minton pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to second-degree kidnapping and obstruction of justice in a plea agreement and was sentenced to 13 to 16 months in prison.

She was allowed to go home Wednesday but must report at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 7 to begin serving her sentence.

She was convicted of driving the young men to purchase muriatic acid to pour on Bailey‘s body and arranging to rent the U-Haul truck from her husband’s gas station, Minton’s BP to move it.

Gregory Minton pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice for lying to police knowingly renting his vehicle to cover up the crime.

He was put on supervised probation for two years and ordered to spend 60 days in jail, serving the time from Thursday to Sunday beginning Jan. 9 and every week after that until he completes the sentence. He was given 21 days credit for time served.

Neither Minton apologized to the Baileys.

Velliquette: bavelliquette@gmail.com

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