Wichita man gets life in prison for stabbing alleged car thief

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WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing an alleged car thief to death last year.

Kyle Carter, 31, was convicted in April of first-degree murder in the September death of Carl Cooper.

Police said Cooper, 32, was trying to break into a car in the 400 block of South Clifton when the owner spotted him. Two of the car owners friends, one of them being Carter, started chasing Cooper. They eventually caught up with him and stabbed him multiple times, according to police.

Cooper was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Carter was sentenced this week to life in prison.

Information about the second man accused in the stabbing was not made available.

Previous story – Sept. 9, 2013:

Wichita Police say a man was stabbed to death after trying to break into a car early Sunday morning.

It happened around 4 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of South Clifton.
Police say 32-year-old Carl Cooper was trying to break into a car in a driveway when he was spotted by the woman who owns it. At the same time, two friends of the woman were pulling up and started chasing Cooper.

Eventually, they caught up with Cooper and allegedly stabbed him multiple times. Cooper walked to a nearby home and the occupants called 911. He died yesterday at a Wichita hospital.

Officers have arrested two men, ages 30 and 34, for the stabbing. Cooper and both suspects have criminal records.

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