Man sentenced to 43 months for role in College Hill Park stabbing death

08/23/2014 7:28 AM

08/23/2014 7:28 AM

A man has been sentenced to 43 months in prison for his role in a vigilante slaying in College Hill Park in 2013, according to Sedgwick County District Court records.

Trenton Custer, 35, received the term Thursday in connection with the stabbing death of 32-year-old Carl Cooper on Sept. 8. He was originally charged with first-degree murder but pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of attempted aggravated battery, court records show.

Police have said Custer and 31-year-old Kyle Carter chased Cooper into the park and confronted him after they say Cooper allegedly burglarized a BMW in the 400 block of South Clifton. The car was owned by a woman the pair were visiting that night.

Cooper died about nine hours after he was stabbed several times and collapsed on a doorstep nearby.

Carter was convicted of first-degree murder in Cooper’s stabbing and sentenced to life in prison. At his trial, Carter admitted to chasing Cooper but claimed he was unaware of the stabbing until the confrontation ended.

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