Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington,
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEST MEMPHIS MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE PLUS 100 YEARS ON CHILD RAPE CHARGES
MARION, Ark. – September 16, 2013 – Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced Monday that a West Memphis man who fled to Michigan in the midst of a July jury trial for raping three children was sentenced to life plus 100 years Monday in Crittenden County Circuit Court.
Ellington said that Circuit Judge Randy Philhours sentenced Stanley James Carter, 46, of West Memphis to life in prison plus 50 years for each of the remaining charges for three counts of rape. Philhours stacked the sentences, or ordered them served consecutively.
“If someone violates the innocence of a child, just like Mr. Carter, they will pay the consequences,” Ellington said.
Carter stood trial in July for the rape of three minor girls, ages 6, 8, and 9. While out on bond, Carter did not appear in court on the third day of his trial. Warrants for his arrest were immediately issued, and the trial continued without Carter. Jurors found him guilty of three counts of rape, and sentencing was withheld until he was returned to Arkansas, Ellington said.
During sentencing Monday, Philhours said he had an obligation to do justice to several members of society, but felt that he owed the greater obligation to the victims in choosing an appropriate punishment for Carter.
“When they lay their head on their pillow at night, these children should not fear being confronted by you the next day, and the only way to insure for them to know that is to give you life,” the judge said to Carter. “Children under the age of 10 cannot conceptualize time, but they understand life.”
The prosecutor said that Crittenden County Crimestoppers received a tip in the days that followed that the defendant was in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michigan authorities located and arrested Carter. He waived extradition and was returned to Arkansas to face sentencing.
The state was represented by Crittenden County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Boone Nance of West Memphis. Carter was represented by Marion attorney Shaun Hair.