A York felon was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to the 2016 shooting death of a friend during what attorneys said was crack cocaine activity.
Antwain Lamaries Letim Carter pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Carter, 27, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Lindsay Mitchell Jr.
Mitchell died from an infection weeks after he was shot, due to a bullet still lodged in his neck, said Willy Thompson, 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor.
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Carter, whom Thompson said in court was known as “Petey Crack,” was not arrested until more than two weeks after the shooting. He fled from the McClain Street shooting site in York, then tossed away the weapon used in the crime, he said.
The two men were friends who used alcohol and crack cocaine on the day Mitchell was shot following an argument with Carter, Thompson said.
The victim had both alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time of the incident, Thompson said.
Carter’s lawyer, 16th Circuit Chief Public Defender Harry Dest, said in court that the shooting “arose out of illegal activity” from both the victim and Carter.
“There is no question this came from the use, buying selling and distribution of illegal drugs, namely crack cocaine,” Dest said. “The life of drugs can be quite destructive.”
Carter did not comment in court, other than to admit being the shooter and pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Carter has past convictions in South Carolina for drugs, domestic violence, public disorderly conduct, failure to stop for police and DUI, Thompson said. He has North Carolina convictions for breaking and entering and larceny, Thompson said.