A Forsyth man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for the shooting death of a friend in 2016.
Tristan Carr, 19, was sentenced in Greene County Court by Judge Michael Cordonnier, according to online court records. The case had been moved to Greene County after a change-of-venue request from Carr’s attorney.
According to online court records, the judge gave Carr 20 years for second-degree murder with the judge denying parole. Carr also received three years for armed criminal action. The sentences will run concurrently.
Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell said Carr called 911 from the home where he lived with his parents, and said he had shot his friend Eric Summerfield. Officers and medical personnel who arrived at the scene found Summerfield bleeding in the road in front of Carr’s home, with a single gunshot wound to the chest.
According to Merrell, when Carr entered an Alford plea in February, Carr told a 911 operator that he was playing with a gun and accidentally shot Summerfield, 18. However, he told officers at the scene he shot Summerfield out of fear because he could not tell who was approaching the front door.
According to a press release from Merrell after the plea, “the evidence at trial would have been that Carr had been target shooting with the same pistol used to kill Summerfield earlier the same day, and that Carr had invited Summerfield to his home just a short time before the shooting. Further evidence would be that the front porch lights of Carr’s home were on at the time of the shooting, and medical testimony would explain that the pistol’s muzzle was against Summerfield’s chest at the time of the fatal shot. Multiple witnesses denied hearing an argument between Carr and Summerfield, and described them as friends.”
Carr was originally charged with first-degree murder, but at part of a plea agreement, Carr pleaded to second-degree murder and armed criminal action. The plea agreement also capped his sentence at 20 years.