the republic logo

Just before death penalty trial, man takes plea for life sentence in Aiken officer's death

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

AIKEN, South Carolina — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to killing an Aiken police officer in a shooting more than three years ago.

Multiple media outlets report that Stephon Carter accepted a plea deal Monday, the day testimony in his death penalty trial was supposed to start. In exchange, he agreed to the life sentence and to drop any appeals.

Carter shot officer Scotty Richardson during a 2011 traffic stop as police investigated a nearby shooting.

Prosecutors say they accepted the plea deal to make sure Carter never got out of prison.

Richardson's wife told the judge she worried about her husband, but felt he was safe in a place like Aiken.

Carter apologized for taking away a son, father and officer.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.