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NC Court of Appeals upholds Laurence Lovette's life sentence

Posted May 6

Laurence Lovette

— One of two men convicted in the 2008 shooting death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson lost his second appeal with the state on Tuesday.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that there was no error by a lower court when it sentenced Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a second time in June 2013.

Lovette, 23, automatically received the sentence when he was convicted of first-degree murder on Dec. 20, 2011.

The sentence was reconsidered last year because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that offenders under age 18 at the time of a crime – Lovette was 17 years old when Carson was killed on March 5, 2008 – can't receive life sentences without parole unless mitigating circumstances are weighed.

Carson, 22, was a UNC senior when Lovette and Demario Atwater kidnapped her from her Chapel Hill home and drove her to ATMs, where Lovette withdrew money from her bank account. The pair then drove Carson to a neighborhood about a mile from UNC's campus, where she was shot five times.

Lovette's also scheduled to go to trial in July for the January 2008 shooting death of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato, a mechanical engineering student from India who was found shot to death inside his Durham apartment.


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  • 678devilish May 6, 4:23 p.m.

    Death sentence is not good. He would not see his consequeces. With life he will.

  • 678devilish May 6, 4:21 p.m.

    23 years old!! WOW! I bet he never saw himself as a boy sitting in prison for life. 50 years from now he will be 73 an old man. I hope other young men and young girls learn from this case. Its not worth taking a life or being involved in any crime.

  • 678devilish May 6, 4:17 p.m.

    Look him up at the Department of Corrections, offender search. He already has 2 infractions against. him. He is not going to ever have a good life; not while he is behind bars...which is life.

  • 678devilish May 6, 4:09 p.m.

    Yes Yes, great news!! I guess he thought he was going to get out of it. Thanks NC Court of Appeals for keeping this boy behind bars for life. We will never forget the late Ms. Eve Carson. May she rest in peace. But, he will not be at peace in prison.

  • jmcdow2792 May 6, 3:00 p.m.

    GOOD GOOD GOOD !!!!!!!

    — Posted by tigersnpirates6389


  • Lightfoot3 May 6, 2:41 p.m.

    That's one that deserves cruel and unusual punishment. But life in prison? Once you start getting sentences past 50 years or so we might as well kill them. That's too long to support such a drain on society and resources.

    "its not a deterrent and its not likely making us much safer either" - Grand Union

    Don't care if it's a deterrent, though it will certainly deter him. And I do believe we are safer with him off the streets.

    "They should put him in a pine box and throw it out on I-40." - Obamacare returns again

    I like the first part, but instead of throwing it out on I-40 I suggest we just bury it. Problem solved and no innocent cars damaged.

  • foodstamptrader May 6, 2:30 p.m.

    "Agreed, 18 is an arbitrary age"

    If anything the age should be higher. There is clear science... View More

    — Posted by Grand Union

    Holding up a liquor store, swiping an Ipad from BestBuy, or even mugging someone, OK.

    Kidnapping, torturing, and executing a young woman in cold blood does not seem to qualify as a "dumb thing" excusable by youth...

  • disgusted2010 May 6, 2:28 p.m.

    They should put him in a pine box and throw it out on I-40.

    — Posted by Obamacare returns again

    I have a serious question, do you disagree with every section of the US Constitution? You... View More

    — Posted by disgusted2010

    Let's just say I would add a few amendments of my own to our nation's Constitution.

    — Posted by Obamacare returns again

    Thank you, you just confirmed my deepest fears.

  • rougemontredneck May 6, 2:10 p.m.


  • lec02572 May 6, 1:33 p.m.

    He received "due process." If he had been given the death sentence that would not change.