“20-Year-Old Pulaski Man Facing Second-Degree Murder Charge in Death of Blacksburg Man”

By | August 14, 2023

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A 20-year-old man from Pulaski, Virginia, named Korey Trevon Rice, has been charged with second-degree murder, among other felony charges, in connection with the death of a man from Blacksburg. The incident occurred at a gathering on Overlook Lane in July, where a fight broke out and a gunshot was fired. The victim, Mathew Cameron Carper, was found with a gunshot wound and later died at the hospital. Rice’s arrest records indicate that the offenses took place on July 29 and 30. He has a history of assault and battery charges as well. Southwest Times reported

A 20-year-old individual from Pulaski is currently facing multiple serious charges, including second-degree murder, in connection with the killing of a man from Blacksburg during a gathering on Overlook Lane in July. Korey Trevon Rice, the accused, was apprehended on Tuesday and is also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, malicious assault, and brandishing a firearm. The charges are linked to the death of Mathew Cameron Carper, 24, as stated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.

The incident took place on July 30 around 1 a.m. when authorities responded to a report of a gunshot wound in the Fairlawn area of Pulaski County. Upon arrival at the scene, they discovered Carper inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound. He was quickly transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he tragically succumbed to his injuries.

Eyewitnesses at the gathering reported that a fight had broken out among several individuals prior to the gunshot being heard. As a result, when the shot rang out, people scattered and fled the scene. Rice’s arrest records reveal that the murder and firearm charges date back to July 29, while the other two charges are from July 30.

If convicted of second-degree murder, Rice could face a prison sentence ranging from five to 40 years. Malicious assault carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, while the use of a firearm charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of three years. Brandishing a firearm, considered a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of $2,500.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for October 16 in the general district court. Previous court records indicate that Rice was previously charged with two counts of assault and battery in Pulaski County in August and November of 2021. The charge from November was later dropped at the request of the prosecution, but Rice was convicted of the August charge and received a 12-month suspended sentence..

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