KEEP RICKY CARTER IN JAIL

UPDATE:  Ricky Carter’s request for parole was denied again!  Thank you for all your support in this matter.  Unfortunately, this process must be repeated each year until he serves his full sentence.

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We must act now

KEEP RICKY CARTER IN JAIL

This deadly drunk driver has been scheduled for a parole review.  He may be released from jail if we don’t act now to keep him off our streets!  Ricky Carter is serving a 20 year sentence for killing four beautiful teenage girls.  We urge you to write the parole board expressing your steadfast opposition to Carter’s release.

31 responses

  1. (Sent this today!)
    Dear Angela McCown, Director of Victim Services Division,

    The impending review of Ricky (Rickey) Carter by the Texas Board of Pardons and Reviews brings another wave of sadness and grief over our community. In 1998 he murdered 4 lovely young girls and destroyed their families. So many young people in this county fell into a deep despair that has taken many years to overcome. Even now, the pain is palpable and the darkness is easy to remember.

    Please DO NOT release Ricky Carter from jail before his short prison term is complete. This man does not deserve to be free.

    Thank you for your kind attention on this most important matter.
    My best,
    Janelle Shepard

  2. (My letter to the Parole Board of Pardons and Reviews)

    August 19, 2009
     
    To: Texas Parole Board of Pardons and Reviews
    RE: Parole Review
    Offender: Ricky Carter
    State ID: 06227942
    TDCJ ID: 01009150
    Placed in parole review on 07/07/09
     

    Dear Angela McCown, Director of Victim Services Division
     
    I respectfully request that you deny parole for Ricky Carter.  I believe all Texans expect and deserve justice in this matter. I also believe justice will only be served if Carter serves his entire 20 year sentence. Anything less would be an injustice to not only the family members who have suffered horribly, but also law abiding citizens who expect and deserve the use of highways that are free from the deadly hazards created by drunk drivers. 
     
    Ricky Carter is behind bars where he cannot inflict any more destruction on our community, but he left behind wounds that cannot heal as long as the parole review process is ongoing.  Even if Carter serves his full 20 year sentence, (five years for each child he killed), he will have left a scar across the heart of our peaceful community that time cannot erase. 
     
    I believe that without reading a first-hand account written by one of the Police Officers who was at this indescribable scene of destruction and carnage, it would be impossible to even imagine the magnitude of this crime. 
     
    I trust that you will make the best possible decision for not only the victimized families, but for all Texans.  Again, I respectfully request that you deny parole for Ricky Carter. I believe justice requires nothing less.
     
    Respectfully,
     
     
     
    Lenny Leatherman

  3. RICKY CARTER IS NOT A MURDERER. HE IS A HUMAN BEING WHO MADE A BAD MISTAKE. I AM SURE ALL THE FAMILIES INVOLVED, HAVE OR WILL HAVE, A LOVED ONE THAT CHOOSES TO DRINK AND DRIVE, THEREFORE PUTTING THEIR SELF IN POSITION FOR THIS TYPE OF ACCIDENT TO OCCUR. WOULDN’T THEY WANT MERCY AND GRACE SHOWN TO THEM.. THE STATE OF TX SAYS IF AN OFFENDER MEETS CERTAIN GUIDE LINES HE IS ELIBIBLE FOR PAROLE. IF RICKY HAS, THEN HE SHOULD BE PAROLED. MURDERERS, RAPIST, CHILD MOLESTORS ARE PAROLED ALL THE TIME. THIS WAS NOT INTENTIONAL.

    1. Lenny Leatherman

      Tammy, I understand your concern for mercy and grace. But I also recognize the importance of justice in a civilized society. Carter was shown mercy by not demanding “an eye for an eye”. He received much more grace and mercy than he extended to his totally innocent victims. Can we not forgive someone and still expect justice to be served! In this case I believe justice demands that Ricky Carter serve his full 20 year sentence!

    2. One must go to the law to determine if a murder is committed when one operates a motor vehicle while under the influence. I am not a lawyer and have not studied the law in Texas but I did find this information on the web…”If an impaired driver is involved in a traffic collision that causes the death of another person, the driver can be charged with murder just as if they had used a gun to kill the person. The fact that the driver was intoxicated is not a defense in a vehicular homicide case’. My opinion is that Ricky Carter is guilty of murder and thus is indeed a murderer. He was not forced to get legally drunk prior to operating his truck on a public roadway. Being an experienced drunk he had to know that doing so could result in an accident so I feel comfortable saying that Ricky Carter did intentionally murder four young ladies. If it were not for the cost of a trial, Carter should have received four trials and received four 20-year sentences which should have been served in succession thus keeping him off the road for a great many years.

    3. According to the Ultimate Judge (that’s our Lord), “He who sins when drunk shall be judged when sober.”

    4. I agree. This was a tragic mistake and some people are comparing him to a kidnapper/murderer who kills someone on purpose.

      Although I agree he should serve some time, I do not think it’s right people are trying so hard to KEEP him in jail for 20 yrs.

      Rapists get out quicker than that.

      1. I agree–but if you speak to the family just as I have–I don’t believe he was “drunk”…. He had a medical condition. I understand he had been drinking, but they need to get the family’s side (where he was coming from that night) as well.

  4. Janelle Shepard

    Sorry, Tammy. Ricky Carter did not bump his fender into a tree. 4 young lives were tragicly ended due to his irresponsible decision. Our fight to keep him in jail reaches thousands every year – a reminder to many about the destruction and grief of his actions.

    20 years is not too long to serve for 4 lives.

  5. I am a good friend of Ricky Carter I was put on the stand yes Ricky made a bad choice and that was to drive after drinking. I am sorry for the girls and there loved ones I know it must be hard. Ricky is a good person and I wish this would have never happen. He also lost his wife Angie while in prison an my heart go’s out to him an her sons.There are alot of people out there who open there eyes when this happen I am one of them. To both sides my heart and prayers are with each one of you.
    Scott H

  6. Time and time again, drunk drivers made conscious decisions to drink and drive. All the way back to driver education classes, drivers have been taught the deadly consequences of drinking and driving. Rick Carter turned his vehicle into a deadly weapon and killed four innocent girls. He got a bargain with a twenty-year sentence. What I don’t comprehend is why it isn’t longer than that.

  7. I read all these things that have been written about Ricky Carter and then I listen to my daughter, his sister-in-law, about what has happened to the Carter family because of all this and I just wonder where things really are going in this State. I agree that Ricky should not have been drinking and driving and that it is awful that the wreck happened. But, let’s face it, as Bush said, in Texas, beer and pickups go together.
    As Scott H. mentioned above, Ricky lost his wife while he was in prison. What Scott did not say, is that she died from a perforated ulcer caused by the stress of the continual stalking and harassment of people wanting to keep Ricky in jail. It’s was like they were trying to punish her and her children for his actions. She was not able to get a place to live or a phone in her name and when she had a job they would show up at her work and harass her there until she lost the job. Now, she is dead and their children are being raised by her parents.
    As to Ricky, I agree that he should serve his time. However, as a Texas taxpayer and nurse, I am conserned about the cost of requireing this. Ricky has kidney failure and is on dialysis three times a week. Along with all the health issues and costs that go along with kidney failure. All of which could be accessed much cheaper and at HIS expense if he were released !!!! Even is he is paroled at his next hearing, he’ll still be in jail because of his health issues.

    1. Lenny Leatherman

      Sarah, you are obviously a caring and compassionate person who tries to see through the haze of opinions and assumption to find the best course of action for everyone impacted by this tragedy. Unfortunately, the consequences of Ricky Carter’s actions will reach far into the future and scar the lives of many people.

      Carter is a victim of his own choices. You are a victim also. You, a tax paying citizen, are paying for his incarceration and his medical expenses. I do not believe you should be victimized by making you pay for his incarceration. If justice was truly served, Carter would be required to pay for his imprisonment, including his medical treatment.

      You sound as though you are blaming Carter’s victims for the unfortunate death of his wife. Another sad fact is that his family members are also victims of his behavior. It is Carter; not his victims, who must be held totally responsible for this tragedy!

    2. angie died from numerous infections and loss of organ functions because rickey carter infected her with 3 types of hepatitis. that is why he is on kidney dialysis.

      1. Terry that is not true. Rickey does not have Hepatitis. His kidney failure is a genentic issue that is shared by many in the family.

        Angie died of a ruptured ulcer which caused her to bleed to death internally. This ulcer was caused by the enormous stress that she was placed under by people that were harassing her. She supported her husband throughout this horrible (and I mean that for EVERYONE INVOLVED) ordeal. This information comes from Angie’s parents who obtained it from the medical examiner’s report.

  8. The only thing that we poor souls can count on is that life changes. How we handle that change is what defines each of us.

    The research I’ve done on Laci, Mandi, Whitney and Staci tells me that they were kind, compassionate, caring and good Christian girls. Just like there are in every community in our great state. Unfortunately another truth in our state is that EVERY community has lost beautiful children to car wrecks. Sometimes there are others to blame but alot of times there isn’t any one to blame at all.

    For the last 10 years we in the Carter family have kept quiet in respect for those girls and their families. First, everyone keeps spelling Rickey’s name incorrectly. Yes, there is an ‘e’ in his name. Second, it is recorded that his blood level was .16 which means that he drank one beer. How many have drank one beer and not considered themselves impaired? Third, there has been mentioned by my mother, Sarah Chapman, that Rickey is in kidney failure. In a good year, which for us means that he doesn’t have to go to the hospital, it is estimated that it costs the state approx. $100,000.00 per year to keep him. Mr. Leatherman suggests that he should have to pay for his own incarceration and medical treatment. How do you suppose that he should do that? By that logic then Rickey would have been dead 3 1/2 years ago. Would you be happy then?

    Those darling girls can not be brought back. Angie Carter, who never did anything to anyone, can not be brought back. We that are left behind can only try to do the best we can to move on.

    As to the future, I will still do what ever is in my power to help Rickey get paroled. I will not stop until he is or he dies. That is my responsibility to my family.

    1. Lenny Leatherman

      My heart goes out to all of Rickey Carter’s victims – including you Cyndi Carter. To correct, or at least clarify one comment you made about Mr. Carter’s blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time he killed four completely innocent teenagers. You stated that Mr. Carter’s BAC was .16 which equaled that of someone who had only drank one beer. The indisputable fact is, for Texas drivers age 21 and older, the legal blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08. Rickey Carter’s blood-alcohol concentration was TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT.

      We all know inmates cannot, and will never be required to pay for their imprisonment. But that doesn’t keep tax paying citizens all over the state of Texas from being Mr. Carter’s victims also.

      You may ask “How long must Ricky Carter pay for his mistake?” My question to you is – “How long must his totally innocent victims pay for Mr. Carter’s mistake?”

      Cyndi, I believe compassion and justice must not be considered together. Rickey Carter is being shown compassion each time he receives FREE dialysis treatment. But it is my unwavering belief that justice demands that Rickey Carter serve his full 20 year sentence – five years in prison for each of the four teenage girls he killed.

    2. YOU FAILED TO MENTION THAT RICKEY CARTER WAS CONSUMING A CASE OF 24 BEERS A DAY EVERY TIME HE WENT ON HIS DEER HUNTING TRIPS FOR AT LEAST 4 YEARS IN THE PAST, AND THEN CONTINUED TO HUNT AFTER HE KILLED THE 4 GIRLS. STILL TO THIS DAY HAS NOT ACEPTED RESPONSIBILITY AND CONFESSED THE TRUTH OR TAKEN ACTIONS TO EXPRESS REMORSE BY ADVOCATING AGAINST D.W.I. TO HELP PREVENT OTHERS FROM MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES.

      YOUR SELF RIGHTEOUS INTENTIONS ARE AN INSULT TO THE MEMORIES OF THE 4 TEENAGERS HE KILLED, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING RICKEY IS ONLY 1 OF 3 PERSONS IN YOUR FAMILY THAT HAVE BEEN SENT TO PRISON. 1 DRUG DEALER AND 1 THAT SHOT AND KILLED HIS OWN AUNT THROUGH HER KITCHEN WINDOW. SEEMS DENIAL RUNS IN THE FAMILY, AS YOU THOUGHT THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN JAIL ALSO.

      YOU HAVE MY PROMISE THAT THIS YEAR AND EVER ONE AFTER, I WILL MAKE SURE HE STAYS IN JAIL UNTIL SERVING THE FULL 20 YEARS.

      1. Terry, did you go to the deer lease with Rickey? How do you know what he did there? I was not under the impression that you associated with Rickey and Angie.

        You bring up the other faults within the family and we acknowledge that we are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. For everyone’s information, we did have one person in the family that did go to prison for selling drugs, that person served his time and was released without incident. He did not have any medical issues that would cause us to act to get him paroled prior to his release date. The other person that Terry mentions is serving his time as well and will not be paroled for some time to come. When dealing with a family as large as ours, problems must be expected.

        As to Rickey’s acceptance for his guilt, that is something that he did long ago. Do you seriously think that he would have accepted his sentence if he did not believe himself guilty? If you do then you don’t know him at all.

        To say that we are in denial of our family flaws is a most inaccurate statement sir and I respectfully request that you refrain from doing so especially when you don’t even keep up with your own family.

  9. Iam completely amazed and appalled that anyone would have the nerve to blame this man’s victims families for the death of his wife! Seriously,this man drove a car while intoxicated and killed 4 innocent young girls and then was able to bargain for 20 yrs.What he did was NO different than if he had picked up a gun and shot them to death. He used a vehicle as a gun,and pulled the trigger when he got behind the wheel and hit the ignition switch.Does it really matter if he is sick and who is paying for it? Furthermore who really cares if his name is spelled with or without an E. Can his family spell the names of his VICTIMS. Does his family remember his VICTIMS birthdays. He is the reasonthere are 4 beautiful girls DEAD lying in graves and countless lives affected by this ONE persons IRRESPONIBLE actions. He is the reason he is sick, he is the reason his wife is dead. How dare his family blame an outraged community or his VICTIMS families.And for the record .16 BAC is a lot more than one beer and who cares if it was one or 12 He drank,He drove,He MURDERED 4 beautiful young women,destroyed countless lives including his wife and children. You worry about his medical bills. Did this mans concerned family offer ANY compensation whatsoever to the 4 families that had to not only suffer such a tragic loss but PAY for the funerals because of this mans actions. Please you have nothing credible to stand on. He should have received LIFE and it looks like maybe he did.

  10. First – I am thoroughly impressed with how respectful of each other most comments have been given the seriousness of the discussion.

    Second – Thanks for the opportunity to express my opinion.

    I believe that if we as a society handed down strong punishment, delivered quickly, on an on-going basis, without all the BS, that eventually those punishments would become a deterrent to future offenders.

    For example, if every single person that was caught red-handed, beyond a shadow of a doubt (eye witnesses don’t count, we all know that goes wrong all the time) deliberately taking the life of another person, (cold-blooded murder) was immediately put to death after trial, and that happened all the time, eventually the individuals intending to kill might think twice about it. If they absolutely knew that if they got caught, they would immediately die as well, I don’t see how anyone can argue that that fact would not deter some would-be killers.

    Having said that, while everyone (mostly) seems to agree that Rickey didn’t deliberately kill these four girls; the fact is, he drank alcohol, got behind the wheel and caused an accident that left four people dead. What punishment would deter others from doing the same? Obviously, we as a society haven’t figured that one out yet, either.

    My heart goes out to all involved. Premature death, no matter what the circumstances are, is tragic.

  11. its time to move on …… stop trying to bring back the girls,,,,

    1. YOU ARE COMPLETELY DETACHED FROM REALTY. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE YOU HAVE A 15 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER OR SON WITH ALL THE GIFTS THAT “GOD” CAN GIVE TO THEM. WHEN OR IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE THEM, NOW VISUALIZE THEM LAYING ON A DARK ROAD AFTER A 1-TON TRUCK HAS RUN OVER THEM AT 100 MPH ( THE COMBINED SPEED OF THE 2 VEHICLES WITH THE TRUCK GOING 70 MPH ). NOW, TELL YOURSELF (IT, S TIME TO MOVE ON, AND MY CHILDS LIFE DOES NOT DESERVE JUSTICE).

  12. This is the first time i have ever visited this site. It saddens me and digustes me. Every one involved is a victim. The four girls killed, their families and friends, Rickey and his family. But the bible says that we must pull the beam from our own eye before we judge someone else. I believe rickey carter and the families of these four girls have suffered enough. When people get on sites like this running off at the mouth sometimes with out all the facts all you are doing is making this family relieve that terrible day. I believe that rickey has learned from his mistake that he made. And that if he serves five or the full twenty of his years behind bars its not going to bring those girls back. We all can agree that people who rape, kill and molest women kids who ever does not even get bashed as bad as rickey and his family have. i am truley sorry for all invovled but truthful everyone has suffered enough. both families have suffered enough. How would you feel if all people did was bash you and your family all the time over some mistake if any body truely looked at them selve closley we all have done this we regret. So nobody has the right to judge or bash his family or the girls family. The family can not truely heal as long as people like you have nothing else to talk about…….

    1. So much for being respectful.

    2. THE TRUTH OF RICKEY CARTER WILL BE SOON REVEALED. YOU WILL NOT BE AS FORGIVING AFTER THE ENTIRE FACTS ARE KNOWN. WITH THE 1 TIME EXCEPTION TO GET HIS PLEA BARGAIN, RICKEY CARTER NEVER ONCE ACCEPTED AND ADMITTED TO HIS GUILT AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR KILLING 4 GENRATIONS OF FUTURE FAMILY, CHILDREN, AND ALL THE RELATIVES THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CREATED BY THESE 4 INNOCENT TEENAGE GIRLS. HE TOOK EVERYTHING THEY WERE AND WOULD EVER BE AWAY, BECAUSE OF HIS ARROGANT BELIEF THAT HE WAS IMMUNE TO THE CONCEQUENCES OF D.W.I.. AND AS FOR HIS FAMILY, THEY WERE LEFT OUT ON THE STREET, IN DEBT, BANKRUPT, AND EVENTIALLY WAS THE CAUSE FOR THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE. IN ADDITION, HE NEVER SPENT 1 DAY IN JAIL FOR 2 YEARS WHILE WAITING FOR TRIAL AND STILL CONTINUED TO GO HUNTING ON EXPENSIVE DEER LEASES, NO DOUBT STILL DRINKING. I SUGGEST ASKING YOURSELF HOW YOU WOULD HONESTLY FEEL AND REACT IFRICKEY CATER KILLED YOUR 15 YEAR OLD CHILD AND ALL THE GRANDCHILDREN THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BORN, INCLUDING ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS. RICKEY CARTER HAD BEEN HUNTING D.W.I. FOR OVER 5 YEARS, HE JUST NEVER GOT CAUGHT UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE. IF HE NEVER CONFESSES, ASK FOR FORGIVENESS, AND CONTINUES TO DENY RESPONSIBILITY THEN 20 YEARS IS NOT LONG ENOUGH FOR HIS SINS. THAT WOULD BE 5 YEARS FOR EACH OF THE GIRLS HE KILLED. IN CLOSING, IF YOU CONCERED THE AGE OF THE 4 TEENAGE GIRLS AND THAT EACH WOULD HAVE LIVED TO RETIREMENT AGE OF 65, HE KILLED A TOTAL OF 200 YEARS OF LIFE.

      1. I’ve changed my mind about Rickey Carter after reading some more of your posts. If he gave Angie Hepatitis, then he killed her too. She was a kind, good woman, and deserved better. I feel so sad for her two boys, and of course the four girls Rickey killed. What a waste, and not a speck of remorse.

  13. I knew the Carters before the wreck; they were decent, kind people, and Rickey was a wonderful father. As a parent myself, I was appalled however at his behavior and seeming lack of remorse after the accident.

    Instead of apologies, he offered excuses. Not the Rickey I had known. Maybe his attorney told him to be that way, but he should have refused and shown some integrity.

    Still, I ask myself, is keeping him in prison any longer all about punishing him, or is it really about getting revenge ?

    What is accomplished by keeping him in prision any longer ? Yes, those beautiful girls are dead and can never be brought back. But it seems to me that there is a difference between someone who intentionally kills another person, and someone who does it unintentionally as the result of irresponsible decisions.

    I am further enraged that intentionally violent murderers and rapists get out of prison with just a slap on the wrist so frequently. The scales of justice are not balanced.

    What a sad, sad situation. Everyone involved suffered tremendously. Such a waste. I think the families have suffered the most, because they were left to deal with the stress and heartache. My heart goes out to them.

    1. REVENGE WOULD BE FOR RICKEY CARTER TO FEEL AND LIVE ONCE FOR EACH OF THE 4 GIRLS, AS THEIR PRECIOUS BODIES WERE RIPPED AND TORN BY METAL AND GLASS, BURNED BY THE HEAT, CRUSHED BY THE IMPACT OF 1 TON OF A DEADLY WEAPON, THEN DIE ON A BLACK TOP ROAD.

      THEY HAD JUST BEGAN TO HAVE A LIFE AND RICKY CARTER TOOK IT AWAY. WHAT IF THESE WERE YOUR CHILDREN. HE IS GETTING OFF EASY, AT LEAST UNTIL HE STANDS BEFORE GOD.

    2. Sharil, I appreciate your comments. Having visited with Rickey, I can say that he does express remorse and responsibility. He did not give Angie Hepatitis and does not have that disease himself. I don’t know where ‘tlp’ gets his information but everything that I have read so far has been inaccurate. It is a travisty that someone can abuse this page with such in accurate statements.

  14. THE TRUTH WILL BE FINALLY TOLD BEGINNING NOW.

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