Butler gets 15 years for his part in drug deal turned murder

Samuel Butler entered a guilty plea in relation to his part in a drug deal that ended in the murder of Anthony Unger in June, 2013.

A Columbia man faces15 years in prison for his part in a drug deal which led to the murder of 25-year-old Anthony Unger of Jefferson City.

According to court documents, 27-year-old Samuel Butler pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug distribution and possession charges in return for a sentence of 15 years in prison. He had been charged with second-degree murder.

Ungers body was found in a parking lot on Conley Road on June 23 of last year, shot to death. According to court documents, another defendand in the case, 22year-old Joycelynn Brown, told investigators that Unger asked her for a ride to the location for a drug deal. She said she saw him fill a large ziplock bag with marijuana and place it under the hood of the car before leaving for Columbia.

Brown said Unger told her he was selling half a pound of marijuana for $1,400.

Also arrested in the case was 21-year-old Domionte Cheatum, who pled guilty earlier this year to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years. Prosecutors say he was the one who shot Unger.