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Eve Carson's killer to be resentenced in April

Posted February 22, 2013
Updated February 24, 2013

— Laurence Lovette Jr., one of two men convicted in the death of former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson, will be resentenced April 26 in Orange County District Court, a judge ruled Friday.

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Lovette was initially sentenced Dec. 20, 2011, to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree armed robbery in Carson's shooting death nearly five years ago.

But the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that he must be resentenced because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling about automatic life sentences of offenders under age 18 at the time.

Lovette, 22, was 17 at the time of Carson’s death. The popular senior from Athens, Ga., was found dead in a neighborhood near the UNC campus on the morning of March 5, 2008.

The Supreme Court ruled that judges must consider mitigating circumstances before sentencing someone under the age of 18 to life without the possibility of parole.

In response, North Carolina lawmakers passed a law that says the sentence should be life in prison with parole if someone under the age of 18 is convicted of first-degree murder solely on the basis of what's known as the felony murder rule.

In all other cases, the court must hold a hearing to consider mitigating circumstances, such as the defendant's age, immaturity and ability to benefit from rehabilitation, the Appeals Court said.

Lovette was convicted of first-degree murder not only on the basis of the felony rule but also on the basis of malice, premeditation and deliberation.

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  • readme Feb 25, 10:43 a.m.

    jcthai, my pojnt is if he can be rahabilitated, that's good for him, but it should be affect a sentence, even if a judge can consider it. If he can be rehabilitated, that will help him wit this maker when he dies. His debt to society and the victim's family should not be considered repaid until his own death.

  • btneast Feb 25, 8:58 a.m.

    This court decision, as I read it, doesn't mean that he can't be sentenced this way, only that it is not automatic.

    Exactly. Everyone relax, at least until he is resentenced. I seriously doubt he will be getting out anytime soon. EVEN IF he would come up for parole, he would still have to pass the parole boards review. Charles Manson has come up for parole how many times and is still in prison?

  • dmccall Feb 25, 8:31 a.m.

    The guy executed a person on her knees. The distinction of a 17 yo not being fully responsible and an 18yo being fully responsible is absurd and arbitrary. 17 year olds are responsible enough to drive a car but aren't capable of grasping the concept of what it means to kidnap someone and execute them on there knees at the edge of a road? Absurd.

  • ms b Feb 22, 7:18 p.m.

    Hope he is once again sentenced to life without parole. This court decision, as I read it, doesn't mean that he can't be sentenced this way, only that it is not automatic.

  • dsjackson Feb 22, 5:41 p.m.

    It would do no good to give him the death penalty since there is still a stay on executions here in NC . I agree with rednek that the ultimate penalty should have been given to both of these lowlifes . They kidnapped her , stole her SUV ,and shot her with a handgun and to " finish her off " , they used a shotgun . Rehab for a mentality like that ? No , they both should never see freedom for as long as they live .

  • jmrado47 Feb 22, 5:13 p.m.

    We have a society that has gone off the deep end.

  • zenonx6 Feb 22, 4:43 p.m.

    Our system does nothing to divert ones thinking in the correct direction before they go and do something as hideous as what these things did.

  • rednek Feb 22, 4:28 p.m.

    I hope the judge has a pair and sentences him to DEATH! That is what he deserves, the same as he gave Eve Carson!

  • Sherlock Feb 22, 4:23 p.m.

    He will be out in 18 months,

  • golorealist Feb 22, 4:19 p.m.

    "readme, the point about rehabilitation is that if there is any chance of it, you might give a lighter sentence or allow the possibility of parole."

    in some cases, the potential for rehabilitation shouldn't be a factor in sentencing. this is one of those cases. the difference is punishment vs. keeping a dangerous person off the streets. he should be punished for the rest of his life.

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