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Man pleads guilty in Lake Lynn jogger attack

Posted September 15, 2009

— A man charged in an attack on a woman at a local park last year will spend the next 13 to 18 years in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday in the case, as well as similar charges in several other cases.

Man sentenced in Lake Lynn jogger attack Man sentenced in Lake Lynn jogger attack

Devin Terralle Carmen, 19, was arrested in May 2008 in connection with a March 31, 2008, attack at Lake Lynn in Raleigh, in which a 22-year-old jogger told police she was attacked from behind and hit twice in the head with a rock. The assailant ran away when she screamed.

Carmen entered an open guilty plea to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. An existing charge of assault on a female was dropped.

He also pleaded guilty to charges of attempted first-degree burglary, first-degree burglary, attempted second-degree rape, misdemeanor stalking and attempted misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

Those charges stemmed from three other crimes from July 2007 to January 2008 in the River Landings subdivision in North Raleigh.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Carmen to 73 to 97 months for the Lake Lynn assault and the misdemeanor charges; 64 to 86 months for the attempted rape charge and 25 to 39 months for the attempted burglary charge.

"Your actions speak louder than words," Stephens told Carmen. "You don't seem to appreciate the seriousness of what you've done. The worst thing you can do is steal somebody's security."


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  • Tired of thoughtlessness Sep 16, 2009

    I am not sure why you family didn't seek the necessary help for your "brother" before this crime was committed. He hit the woman in the head with a rock. Suppose she died? That's murder. If psychological problems were so evident before this, it was the family's duty to get help for him. This could have prevented this and the other incident's he has been charged with. You also said you don't know why he plead guilty if "he didn't do it"? Possibly for less jail time.

  • Lead by Example Sep 15, 2009

    Glad to see a stiff sentence. I don't have the N.C. Structured Sentencing grid in front of me, but from what I do know about punishment levels it seems that Stephens gave perhaps the maximum sentence allowed; GOOD JOB JUDGE, THANK YOU.

  • lkanzig Sep 15, 2009

    you do the crime, you do the time!
    quit making excuses for them!
    that area has a bad reputation, i know because i lived there.

  • bronzegoddess40 Sep 15, 2009

    There are too many of these kinds of people in Raleigh now which is one of the main reason we are looking to move away from here. Cost of living is just too low and too many low income people are moving here and causing trouble. This place was nice 10 years ago and now we are becoming just like a lot of other large southern cities.
    bowl This

    What kind of people? Would this be rapist etc?? If that is the case, they have been here all a long. How do you know if people are low income or not? Wow. Where ever you move to, I hope there is no crime at all, hmm wonder where that would be?

  • Lead by Example Sep 15, 2009

    "he needs to be put in a psychiatric ward so that he can get the help he needs". -carlajai

    As someone who works in law enforcement and investigates these types of crimes I will educate you on a fact: SEXUAL OFFENDERS CANNOT BE REHABILITATED, THE ONLY SOLUTION IS A LENGTHY PRISON TERM.

    Sexually-motivated felonies are a part of that type of offenders mindset and cannot be rooted out. I can say this since I've interviewed about a dozen of these types of offenders, and have attended several classes taught by law enforcement officers who have interviewed thousands (when you combine four or five retired career men) of sex offenders.

    The answer is prison, you cannot rehabilitate a criminally perveted sex drive.

  • Professor Sep 15, 2009

    People need to stop blaming others for a persons act and actually try to understand all pertinent information before making any judgements.

    Then why would you even attempt to make a comment. We have a right to make comments. No one is judging.

  • Professor Sep 15, 2009

    This young man needs a mental evaluation and sent to prison for 15 years. Obviously he has a problem listening to his parents on the rights and wrongs.

  • mac240 Sep 15, 2009

    He might be crazy, but he knew right from wrong. Give him 25 years then check his mental capacity.

  • Lead by Example Sep 15, 2009

    The guilty pleas for first degree burglary and attempted second degree rape require mandatory prison time; they are both Class D felonies. I'm curious to see what the sentence will be.

  • BE Sep 15, 2009

    Max jail time is needed. Let's see what Justice does with this.