Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Everett Van Carr, Jr., 45, of Annapolis, was sentenced by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura S. Kiessling to 40 years of active incarceration for Second Degree Assault, Intimidation of a Witness, and Subordination of Perjury.
"Oftentimes, due to the nature of these close relationships, it is difficult for the victim of domestic violence to speak strongly on his or her own behalf," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I am proud of the work my prosecutors and victim advocates put into this case, standing up for this victim, giving her a voice in the justice system, and uncovering the defendant's web of lies and intimidation towards her. They painted a true picture of Mr. Carr as an abuser, intimidator and manipulator. I am grateful to Judge Kiessling for sentencing Mr. Carr to the maximum penalty and showing that our county will not stand for this sort of vicious abuse and manipulation."
On October 23, 2016, Everett Carr engaged in a verbal argument with his girlfriend, the victim. When Carr became violent, the victim ran inside her home and attempted to lock the door behind her. Carr then broke through the door, and pushed the victim into a closet door hard enough to knock it off its hinges.
While the victim lay on the ground, Carr climbed on top of her and placed her in a headlock. He then flipped the victim onto her back and tried to suffocate her with a blanket for several minutes. Fearing for her life, the victim screamed for help.
A neighbor heard the victim's cries and banged on the front door. Carr was distracted by the sound and the victim escaped to the neighbor's house, where she contacted police.
Although Carr was ordered to have no contact with the victim prior to trial, an investigation revealed Carr was in contact with the victim via letters, phone calls and prison visits. During these interactions, Carr intimidated the witness, induced her to provide false testimony and obstructed justice.
On May 18, 2017, Carr pleaded guilty to Second Degree Assault, Intimidation of a Witness, and Subordination of Perjury.
Judge Laura S. Kiessling presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Mary Setzer prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.