On Thursday morning, May 24, 2018, TRISTAN R. CARR, d/o/b 7-25-1998, of Forsyth, was sentenced to twenty (20) years for the crime of murder in the second degree and three (3) years for the crime of armed criminal action, in the Circuit Court of Greene County, Missouri. Circuit Judge Michael Cordonnier sentenced Carr after hearing arguments from Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell and Carr’s attorney. Carr’s sentences were ordered to run concurrently with each other. Carr had previously been charged with murder in the first degree, but entered his guilty plea on February 26, 2018, to the amended charge of murder in the second degree as part of a plea agreement he made with the Prosecutor.
The guilty plea and sentence stemmed from the October 15, 2016, shooting death of 18 year old Eric Summerfield outside Carr’s residence, in Forsyth. Carr shot the victim once in the chest, at point-blank range. Carr gave differing stories to investigating officers about the cause of the shooting.
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.