More "Elkhorn Eight" Sentences

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

The last of the so called "Elkhorn Eight" were sentenced today. You'll recall the conspiracy to kill an Elkhorn man led by his son and included wife and daughter as well.

Little more than a year ago Brian Carson returned home to an ambush. Three people lead by his son Ryan beat him with a pipe wrench, shovel and fire place poker. Prosecutors describe it as a brutal attack, planned and executed as revenge for years of abuse, and the changing affections of a teenage girl.

Nicole Walker was Ryan's girlfriend, but became Brian's mistress shortly after that. The triangle according to the defense was the last straw.

Adrienne Jenkins believes that should have been factored into Tuesday's sentencing. "People have to look at the fact that Brian Carson was not a good father and he wasn't."

The relationship between father and son, as well as where to place the blame was debated outside the courtroom after Ryan's sentencing.

"Ryan would never ever hurt his father he never defended himself."
“So what did he kill him for?"

County Attorney Don Kleine admits Brian Carson was not a model father figure, but he says that does not justify his murder. "Everyone had a role including mom obviously so as I said it's very disturbing set of circumstances that many people involved those ages of people involved and they're going to pay the consequences for it."

Ryan Carson was sentenced to 60 to 80 years, Colton Novascone 48 to 55 years. Ryan King one of the three that beat Brian to death was sentenced to 40 to 45 years. Teresa Carson, Brian's wife got 18 to 20 years.

Jeff Hill who helped clean up the mess and dispose of the body and Nicole Walker the girl at the center of the Carson love triangle both were given four to five year sentences.

Brian's daughter Sara Carson's case was transferred to juvenile court and Josh Dornacker will be sentenced on July 20th.


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