CUSTER COUNTY– Brice Carpenter will spend approximately a decade in prison after being sentenced on Thursday, September 2. The 26-year-old had taken a plea deal at a previous hearing and was sentenced on a single count of third-degree assault and a habitual criminal enhancement.
During sentencing, both Custer County Attorney Kayla Haberstick and Carpenter’s attorney, Michael Borders, asked for the minimum on the habitual criminal enhancement to run concurrently with any sentence related to the assault. Judge Karin Noakes followed the plea agreement of the attornies and sentenced Carpenter to 10-12 years at the Nebraska Department of Corrections and also gave credit of 142 days already served.
Thirty-six-year-old Steven Massey appeared in court after being arrested for multiple probation violations. According to the complaint, Massey is alleged to have failed to report with probation and was listed as having absconded, was not employed, tested positive for methamphetamine, and also failed to report for testing multiple times.
She also appointed the public defender to represent Massey. He will appear back in court on September 10 at 9:30 AM to admit/deny the allegations. Bond was also set at 10% of $10,000.