Man accused in Breckenridge stabbing pleads guilty
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BRECKENRIDGE – Steven H. Carter – the man accused of stabbing his girlfriend before turning the same 12-inch kitchen knife on himself last November – pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree attempted murder.
Charges against Carter previously included first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, but Fifth Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert’s office offered Carter a plea agreement. He will now face 10-32 years in prison, and sentencing is scheduled for May 4 at 11 a.m.
Carter, 31, has been incarcerated in Summit County Jail since he was released from the hospital. He and his then-girlfriend, Angela Dawn Loop, were found unconscious in a pool of blood Nov. 25. They both had life-threatening stab wounds when their fight spilled outside a residence in Illinois Gulch near Breckenridge. They had been in a relationship for approximately three years and lived together at the time of the stabbing.
According to reports, on the night of the attack Carter and Loop had a verbal argument that turned violent. Carter threatened Loop, stabbed her in her chest and hand with a kitchen knife, and then stabbed himself in the chest. They both crawled into the hallway and the knife was found there. The crime is considered domestic violence.
Loop was present at Monday’s hearing, and she asked the court to consider letting Carter plead “no contest” as it wouldn’t impact sentencing and it “would help both of us heal and move forward.” She also asked to be granted both written and verbal (phone) contact with Carter.
“There’s a lot of matters private between he and I that need to be resolved between us,” Loop said. “I want to resolve everything and move forward.”
Fifth District Judge Terry Ruckriegle granted written contact between the two after Carter made his plea.
Carter had hoped to plead no contest to the charges as he says he has little to no memory of the attack against Loop. This request was denied by both Ruckriegle and prosecutor Anne Francis.
Carter’s attorney JB Katz is moving forward with mental health and alcohol evaluations for Carter before sentencing happens in May. She said Monday she believes Carter has mental health issues relating to alcohol.
Another issue discussed was Carter’s felony DUI in California, and whether or not he’ll be extradited. Katz said she heard officials in California are waiting to see what happens with Carter’s charges in Colorado before deciding anything.
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