Emmett, Idaho -- A Salmon man will spend up to 30 years in prison for the brutal 2013 murder of a 78-year-old Emmett man along with the theft of more than $288,000 connected to the case.
KTVB was there as 59-year-old Douglas Anderson was sentenced for the crimes he admitted to back in July of last year.
Anderson himself gave a statement to the judge and his victims. He stood and emotionally apologized for what he did.
I want to apologize to Darole Carpenter, his family. He was a good guy, I was wrong. I hurt a lot of people who trusted me. This apology is not going to mean as much, but I just feel like I need to do it. There's no excuse for what I've done, and I just want to admit I was wrong, said Anderson.
He also said there was no excuse for what he did and committed the crimes because he was caught up in money and greed.
I was spinning out of control, and the morning of Darole... I was caught up in the money, the greed, and the word that comes to my mind is selfish, said Anderson.
Anderson also apologized to his own family, including his two sons and his wife.
I'm praying for the victims family, I know I've hurt a lot of people, said Anderson.
Anderson accepted a plea deal in exchange for a guilty plea of second-degree murder and grand theft. Judge Susan Wiebe sentenced Anderson to 30 years, 15 fixed for the murder charge and 14 years, 10 fixed for the theft charge. Those sentences will be served concurrently, so Anderson is eligible for parole in 15 years.
Judge Wiebe had strong words for Anderson, saying she felt no compassion for him.
Manipulative, dishonest, ultimate con man, and as you've said extremely greedy, but also extremely brutal because the murder in this case is so brutal, said Wiebe.
During the 30 minute hearing, Gem County Prosecutor Richard Linville read a prepared statement recounting Anderson's crime. Linville said Anderson brutally murdered his victim, 78-year-old Darole Carpenter on July 8, 2013 to cover up the theft of his money. Linville said Carpenter lived by himself, was a dedicated Jehovah's Witness, and lived off minimal social security payments.
Linville said Anderson went to Carpenter's house and hit him 12 times in the head with both a two- by-four board and a crow bar. He said he also stabbed the victim many times.
Linville said the crime is the first murder in Emmett in ten years, and the largest theft in 25 years.
It was good for our community put this case behind us and have the defendant sent to prison. We're happy we were able to see it solved, said Linville.
He said Anderson was promising to invest Carpenter's money and another couple's savings in cattle and hay. Linville said Anderson took $32,500 from Carpenter and $256,000 from the other victim. Anderson was also ordered to pay restitution to his victims.
The courtroom was nearly full, with many of the victim's family members, along with the other theft victims. None wanted to comment after the sentencing, but were visibly emotional through the hearing.