Stacey Carter

Stacey Carter

On Oct. 1, 2019, a Logan County jury returned guilty verdicts against Stacey Carter, 50, for robbery first degree, burglary first degree, criminal mischief, tampering with physical evidence and convicted felon in possession of a handgun. The jury also found Carter to be a persistent felony offender and handed him a life sentence.

The charges stem from a 2017 home invasion, in which Carter kicked in the door of Russellville resident, Shelva Walker, at approximately 4 a.m. Carter held Ms. Walker at gunpoint, forced her to remove all of the jewelry she was wearing and stole a large amount of jewelry from her home.

Over the prior 1-2 years, Carter had performed yard work and other odd jobs for Ms. Walker. On the night of the robbery, Carter's voice gave away his identity, as Ms. Walker recognized his voice, along with his upper facial features and his build. As a result, Ms. Walker was able to identify Carter to the Russellville Police Officers as the person responsible for robbing her.

After finding Carter guilty on all counts, the jury heard testimony during the penalty phase, the most pertinent of which was his criminal history. In 1989, Carter received a 10-year sentence for burglary second degree and a 5-year sentence for theft by unlawful taking, both of which occurred in Logan County. Carter was paroled in 1991 but returned to prison in 1999 for another theft conviction that occurred in Logan County in 1997. Carter was again paroled in 2001 only to return to prison in 2002 for a burglary conviction in Logan and Todd Counties. Then in 2004, Carter was paroled but returned two years later as a parole violator. In 2016, Carter was convicted of burglary third degree and returned to prison. He was discharged from parole on May 30, 2017, and then robbed Ms. Walker on July 1, 2017.

Commonwealth's Attorney Neil Kerr asked the jury to send Carter to prison for the rest of his life and after deliberating for less than an hour, the jury did just that. The conviction for robbery first degree results in Carter receiving the Violent Offender Status by the Department of Corrections, and as such, he will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence. For a sentence of life, the parole eligibility under the Violent Offender Status is 20 years.

The two-day trial involved testimony from the victim, Shelva Walker, officers from the Russellville Police Department, and three individuals that were connected to the robbery through Carter.

"Detective Mary Lynn Smith, along with her fellow officers at RPD put together a flawless case for my office to present to the jury," said Kerr. "When you have a brave victim like Ms. Walker, and solid police work, it makes our job as prosecutors relatively simple."

In response to the sentence handed down by the jury, Kerr stated, "Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Mr. Carter's past includes numerous burglaries and thefts, multiple parole violations, and too many victims in Logan and Todd counties. Our communities will no doubt be safer now that someone like Stacey Carter has been removed, hopefully for the rest of his life.