HILLSBOROUGH — 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.
“Assisting in buying acid! I mean acid!” Superior Court Judge George Abernathy exclaimed. “I just can’t conceive of what kind of person would want to assist someone in just desecrating a body with acid.”
“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,” he said.
Julie Bailey expressed similar feelings at Wednesday’s sentencing.
“It did not matter to Mr. and Mrs. Minton that my husband and I would never find out what happened to our son,” she said. “To them, Josh was nothing.”
On July 29, 2008, Brian Minton, Jacob Maxwell, Jack Johnson, Matt Johnson and several other young men tied Josh Bailey’s hands behind his back following a confrontation in the Mintons’ garage and drove him to an area off Dairyland Road in Chapel Hill. They believed falsely that he was a snitch.
They carried shovels as they walked him into the woods, and Brian Minton then ordered Matt Johnson at gunpoint to shoot and kill the 20-year-old Bailey, and Matt Johnson did, according to court testimony. A few days later, they returned with a U-Haul truck and dug up the decomposing corpse. They drove it to Jordan Lake where they buried it in a deeper grave.
The Baileys reported their son missing to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and Investigator Tim Horne eventually found Bailey’s body and arrested Brian Minton and the others.
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 offered no explanation or apology.
Her efforts to help her son included driving them to Lowe’s Home Improvement to purchase muriatic acid to pour on Bailey‘s body. She also arranged for her son to rent the U-Haul truck from her husband’s gas station, Minton’s BP.
Gregory Minton, pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice for lying to police when they asked him about Bailey and for knowing that his vehicles were involved in covering 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.
He did not apologize to the Baileys.
After the hearing, District Attorney Jim Woodall said Gregory Minton had tried to turn his son in, but that his son pulled a gun, threatened him and jumped from the vehicle.
Brian Minton was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus approximately 30 years for first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and two charges of conspiracy.
The other participants, except for Brandon Green, have pleaded guilty and are serving long prison sentences. Green has yet to be tried.