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Armed robbery convict from Oscoda loses appeal

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on January 12, 2018 – 12:18 amNo Comment
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A man who committed an armed robbery in Oscoda has lost an appeal of his sentence.

Chad Michael Carpenter and an accomplice robbed the Rite Aid store in Oscoda on December 16, 2014.

Carpenter brandished a knife, pointed it at the clerk and demanded cash from the register.  Later that same day he broke into the Mai Tiki Resort on US 23 and stole multiple tools from a storage unit.  And he was also convicted of purchasing a handgun from an undercover police officer, knowing he was a felon and could not legally own a gun.

The 42 year-old Carpenter was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 225 to 480 months in prison.  His sentence was impacted by an incident that occurred after he pleaded guilty but prior to sentencing.  Carpenter attempted to smuggle controlled substances into jail, and injured another inmate whom he believed had informed jail authorities of his smuggling scheme.

Carpenter’s appeal centered around a sentence scoring variable that was tied to the smuggling scheme.  But the Michigan Court of Appeals this week, disagreed with his argument and denied his appeal.  Carpenter is being held in the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Kincheloe.

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