Judge sentences Carter to 99 years for murder

Published 9:55 pm Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tuesday, Frank Carter, who was found guilty of attempted murder in August, was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Circuit Judge Jack Meigs handed down the sentence after a Dallas County jury previously convicted Carter. He was arrested after sexually assaulting a woman and leaving her to die on a dirt road in Lowndes County.

District attorney Michael Jackson said Carter could get out on parole, but said that is very unlikely.

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“He can but given his past history in other counties like Montgomery and also the brutal nature of this crime, and given his age — he will be in prison for the rest of his life.”

Carter is 52 years old and according to Jackson has prior convictions in other counties. Jackson also said the brutality of this crime was the main reason for the long sentence.

“It was a very, very brutal assault,” Jackson said. “[the victim’s] head was covered in blood and you can actually see the strangle marks from the string that he used where he tried to almost decapitate her — the sentence certainly fits the crime.”

According to a police report obtained by the district attorney’s office, the victim, a 29-year-old female from Selma, said she was walking on the 1400 block of Tremont Street when an unknown black male, driving a two-door grey vehicle, pulled up next to her.

“The unknown black male jumped out of the vehicle and forced her into the vehicle at knife point,” the report said.

After Carter took the victim to a residence in Lowndes County and tried to force her to do sexual acts, he put her back in his vehicle after she refused. Carter then drove down a dirt road, stopped and got out of the vehicle. He grabbed the victim and “the offender took the victim out of the car, slammed her head into the ground and choked her until she was unconscious.”

“When she woke up, the black male was gone and she was covered in blood,” the report said. “She walked until she got back to the main highway …”