Primary suspect in Waynesville murders sentenced in unrelated battery case

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A man suspected in the Waynesville quadruple murder has pleaded guilty to battery in an unrelated case.

Sam Sallee was sentenced to six months in prison for the Brown County incident Monday.

Sallee will serve a little more than six months on probation following his release. He has also been ordered to undergo substance abuse and mental health evaluations.

Sallee is considered the prime suspect in the murders of Kathy Burton, Shawn Burton, Aaron Cross and Tommy Smith.

All four were found shot inside a Waynesville home on May 11. Kathy Burton also suffered multiple stab wounds. Her son, Daniel, discovered the bodies after coming home from work.

Burton told 911 dispatchers that he remembered a man named Sam at the house who had a gun with him before he left for work that night.

Formal murder charges haven’t been filed yet. Sallee also faces federal charges for illegal possession of a .22-caliber rifle.

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