Murderer in Santa Cruz County gets sentenced after five years

Back in 2011, a man named Marcos Chavez killed a fellow military veteran, Ronald Carpenter, at Chavez’s home and is now being sentenced to 30 years in prison. After eating out one night and hearing that Carpenter had just sold his truck for $2,600, Chavez beat and killed him for the money.

The author of the story has a good, concise lead that tells the main news. He then goes on to describe some details about the trial and how the murder happened. The voices in this story are from both sides of the incident, with the author’s voice or bias unapparent. There are quotes from both the prosecuting and defending attorneys as well as the victim’s mother. However, it would have been nice to hear more from Chavez’s attorney regarding his feelings about the case because the author did mention that he believed Carpenter’s death was unnecessary. Although defense attorneys often keep personal emotions out of their cases, hearing his true feelings about the case would have given the story an interesting perspective. Since Chavez was just recently sentenced on March 7 and the murder took place in 2011, the author might also consider adding information about what went on legally in those five years.

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