- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 16, 2002

WICHITA, Kan. A judge confirmed the death penalty for two brothers convicted in a Wichita crime spree that left five persons dead nearly two years ago.
Reginald Carr, 25, and his brother, Jonathan, 22, showed no visible emotion when the judge pronounced the decision yesterday.
The judge also sentenced both to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 20 years in the death of another woman. Reginald also was sentenced to 47 years in prison for his conviction on other crimes, and Jonathan was sentenced to 41 years on other convictions.
"The sentence imposed on them will be a much kinder sentence than they imposed on me, my friends, and family," the sole survivor of a Dec. 15, 2000, shooting that left her four friends dead told the court.
Many family members of the victims held hands with each other as the verdicts were read Thursday. Outside the courthouse, they tearfully hugged District Attorney Nola Foulston, but declined comment.
"The verdict was based on a justice system that worked," said Miss Foulston.
She said several of the jurors asked for e-mail addresses of the victims' relatives so they could express sympathy to them.
The Carrs had been convicted last week of capital murder in the deaths of three men and a woman shot and killed execution-style in December 2000 as they knelt in a snow-covered soccer field. A second woman who survived although shot in the head ran naked through the snow to seek help.
The five friends were in a Wichita home when two armed intruders forced them to engage in sex with each other, then made them withdraw money from automatic teller machines. The two women were raped repeatedly before the five were taken to the soccer field and shot.
The Carr brothers are black, all of their victims were white, and some have criticized prosecutors for failing to investigate racial hatred as a motive. They were also convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a woman four days before the soccer field incident
In all, the Carrs were convicted of 93 counts, 50 for Reginald and 43 for his brother. Most of those counts involved sexual crimes tied to the quadruple killings.
The brothers were sentenced yesterday by Sedgwick County District Judge Paul Clark on the 85 non-capital crimes of which they are convicted.
The woman who survived the soccer field shooting and relatives of the victims also testified about the impact the crimes had on their lives.
Kansas has not had any executions since it reinstated the death penalty in 1994.
The soccer field victims were Aaron Sander, 29, Brad Heyka, 27, Jason Befort, 26, and Heather Muller, 25. The woman who died later of injuries suffered in the earlier shooting was Ann Walenta, 55, a cellist with the Wichita Symphony.


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