She was told to kill as an initiation to a carnival mafia. The organization didn't exist.

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Source: Crawford County jail; MEGA

Dec. 28 2021, Published 9:16 a.m. ET

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A Texas woman killed a couple for an initiation rite into a carnival mafia that didn’t exist.

Now, she will spend the rest of her life behind bars.

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Last week in Arkansas, Barton County Judge handed Kimberly Stacey Younger a life term in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting homicide of Alfred Carpenter, 78, and his wife, Pauline Carpenter, 79.

Younger was found guilty and convicted by a jury in September of capital murder, conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, solicitation to commit murder in the first degree and theft.

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In July 2018, the bodies of the elderly couple were found at a national forest close to Van Buren in Arkansas, reported ABC News. Both victims worked at a Barton County Fair when they were shot by the defendant.

Elderly Victim

According to prosecutors, Younger, one of four other suspects involved in the murder, wanted to enlist in a carnival mafia. She was then ordered by one of the suspects to kill the couple as an initiation rite. However, authorities established no such organization ever existed.

Investigators also found the murder weapon in Younger’s possession during a search of her backpack.

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Last year, Younger’s co-defendants, Rusty Frasier, 37, was sentenced to life without parole, Michael Fowler, 56, was sentenced to life for first-degree murder and theft. At the same time, Christine Tenney, 40, received a six-year sentence for aggravated robbery and eight months for obstructing apprehension.

The motive for the slaying was random. During interrogation, one of the suspects told investigators the Carpenters were chosen because they were easy targets.

The judge sentenced the 55-year-old defendant to additional 20 years for the other charges. Younger was ordered to serve the sentence consecutively to the life term.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the success of the prosecution was due to a joint effort by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Great Bend Police Department, Van Buren Police Department, Arkansas State Police and Crawford County, reported WIBW.


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