Carr Sentenced to 20 Years for Forsyth Murder

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FORSYTH, Mo. — The man who pleaded guilty to murder in connection to a fatal shooting in Forsyth in 2016 has been sentenced to 20 years.

In February, Tristan Carr, 19, of Forsyth, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the death of Eric Summerfield, 18. 

His plea is categorized as an Alford plea, meaning Carr admits that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to prove his guilt, but does not formally admit responsibility for the crimes.

Summerfield died of a single gunshot wound to the chest on Oct. 15, 2016.

Carr and Summerfield were in Carr’s home when he shot Summerfield. Carr then called 911. When officers and emergency crews arrived the body of Summerfield was found on the road outside Carr’s home.

Carr told investigators he shot Summerfield because he was unable to tell who was approaching the home and fired the gun out of fear. However, Carr told the 911 operator during the initial 911 call that he was playing with the gun and accidentally shot Summerfield.

Evidence in the case revealed that Carr had been target shooting with the same gun earlier in the day.

Other evidence includes that the front porch lights were on at the time of the shooting.

Medical testimony in the case said that the muzzle of the gun was against Summerfield’s chest at the time of the shooting.

Police say Carr was also at the scene and admitted to shooting Summerfield.

According to the Taney County Prosecutors Office, murder in the second degree carries a maximum penalty of thirty (30) years or life imprisonment – with the possibility of parole. Armed criminal action carries a minimum sentence of three (3) years in prison, with no maximum. Carr’s plea agreement capped his sentences at twenty (20) years on each of his two (2) felony charges.

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