Sacto 9-1-1
February 8, 2013
Gunman in fatal pot-related shooting to spend life in prison

The gunman in the 2010 shooting death of Steven Carmassi has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

A Sacramento County jury last month convicted Nathaniel Carter, 24, of first-degree murder and attempted robbery. He was sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Fall, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Carter, with co-defendants Latice Collins and DeJohng Taylor, tried to rob Carmassi at gunpoint as he sat in his truck in a supermarket parking lot at Garfield Avenue and Auburn Boulevard in the Foothill Farms area Oct. 29, 2010. When Carmassi, described by authorities as a marijuana dealer, tried to drive away, Carter shot him in the chest through the driver's side window.

Collins, 36, was sentenced in January to 26 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and attempted robbery. Taylor, 23, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced today to seven years in prison.

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