Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Faces State, Federal Sentences in Fatal Stabbing; He Pleaded Guilty to Manslaughter after Incident at Welcome-Back Party

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Faces State, Federal Sentences in Fatal Stabbing; He Pleaded Guilty to Manslaughter after Incident at Welcome-Back Party

Article excerpt

A Jacksonville man is facing both federal and state prison sentences after stabbing a man at his brother's welcome-back-from-jail party earlier this year.

Eric D. Carpenter, 38, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week in state court for the stabbing of 35-year-old William Henry Nesmith. Police said the stabbing occurred between two buildings of the Blodgett Villas on West Fourth Street in February.

Police reports said Nesmith and William Carpenter, the defendant's brother, had a fight over the host of the party, Shakia T. Long, because both men were in relationships with her. Police originally arrested William Carpenter for the crime, but later determined it was Eric Carpenter who actually did the stabbing.

Carpenter was originally charged with murder, but prosecutors dropped the charge down to manslaughter last week when he pleaded guilty.

Carpenter also is on federal probation from a 2005 weapons conviction. A jury in that case convicted him of having an unlicensed handgun and ammunition.

With his manslaughter conviction, Carpenter has violated his federal probation.

State Attorney's Office spokeswoman Jackelyn Barnard said Carpenter will be sentenced on his probation violation in federal court first. He will then get the same sentence in state court, with the two sentences being served concurrently.

A date for those sentencings has not yet been set.

Long also was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. She is still awaiting trial.

Larry Hannan

SHERIFF'S OFFICE CALLS SHOOTING ACCIDENTAL

It turns out Sunday's shooting of a 13-year-old at the City Ridge Apartments was accidental, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Treyon Kleint had a non-life-threatening wound at the 7528 Arlington Expressway apartments.

The Sheriff's Office and report did not indicate where he got the handgun or what he was doing when he accidentally shot himself about 6:30 p. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.