Victim’s family speaks at sentencing

MARQUETTE – An Ishpeming man convicted of voluntary manslaughter last month was sentenced to a total of 9 years, 2 months in prison this morning.

Jacques Earl Carpenter, 53, was sentenced according to voluntary manslaughter guidelines in Marquette County Circuit Court. The guidelines provide a range of time to which someone can be sentenced. For Carpenter, 43 to 86 months was the range negotiated and established by defense attorney Karl Numinen and Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Wiese.

Judge Thomas Solka then sentenced Carpenter to the maximum 86 months, or – 7 years, 2 months – allowed by the guidelines.

Before beginning his voluntary manslaughter sentence, Carpenter will first serve a mandatory two years for the use of a weapon in the commission of a felony.

Carpenter will receive credit for 510 days served.

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