Man serving time for role in Lincoln County double murder dies at UK hospital

gkocher1@herald-leader.comApril 9, 2014 

Neccolus Mundy, who was serving time in prison for his role in a double murder in Lincoln County, died Monday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, the Fayette County Coroner's Office confirmed Wednesday.

Mundy, who was 29 or 30, was transferred to UK on April 3. An autopsy was performed; results are pending, said Lisa Lamb, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

On April 2, while he was at Northpoint Training Center in Boyle County, Mundy was moved to a different cell because he was suspected of smuggling contraband by ingesting a balloon containing drugs, according to a statement released by Lamb. Mundy had also been receiving treatment for "an ongoing medical condition" that was not specified.

On April 3, Mundy said he was having trouble breathing and subsequently collapsed. An ambulance was called, and he was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville before being transferred to UK, Lamb's statement said.

In 2009, Mundy was one of three men who admitted involvement in the slayings of two Lincoln County residents during a botched 2002 robbery.

Mundy, Deonte Simmons and Charles E. Smith — all from Richmond — pleaded guilty in the slayings of Ryan Shangraw, 20, and Harold "Bo" Upton III, 18.

Simmons pleaded guilty to wanton murder, robbery, burglary and wanton endangerment. His plea acknowledged that he was in Shangraw's trailer when Shangraw and Upton were shot to death.

Mundy and Smith, who waited outside during the attempted robbery, pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit murder and complicity to commit robbery and burglary.

The plea deal had Simmons serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years. Mundy and Smith were sentenced to 20 years each.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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