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Man Gets Life Plus 100 Years for Child Rape Charges

Carter stood trial in July for the rape of three minor girls, ages 6, 8, and 9, but while out on bond, did not return to court on the third day of his trial.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A West Memphis man who fled to Grand Rapids, Mich. while standing trial for child rape charges has been sentenced to life plus 100 years in prison.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced Monday that 46-year-old Stanley James Carter was sentenced after returning to Arkansas from Michigan.

Ellington says Carter, convicted of raping three children, was sentenced to life in prison for one count plus 50 years for the other two, all to be served consecutively.

“If someone violates the innocence of a child, just like Mr. Carter, they will pay the consequences,” Ellington said in a news release.

Carter stood trial in July for the rape of three minor girls, ages 6, 8, and 9, but while out on bond, did not return to court on the third day of his trial.

Warrants for his arrest were immediately issued, and the trial continued without Carter. Jurors found him guilty of three counts of rape, and sentencing was withheld until he was returned to Arkansas, Ellington said.

According to Ellington, Circuit Judge Randy Philhours said Monday he had an obligation to do justice to several members of society, but felt that he owed the greater obligation to the victims in choosing an appropriate punishment for Carter.

“When they lay their head on their pillow at night, these children should not fear being confronted by you the next day, and the only way to insure for them to know that is to give you life,” the judge said to Carter. “Children under the age of 10 cannot conceptualize time, but they understand life.”

The prosecutor said that Crittenden County Crimestoppers received a tip in the days that followed that the defendant was in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Authorities there located and arrested Carter, who waived extradition and was returned to Arkansas for sentencing.
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