Ex-Metro police officer receives 18 years for killing wife

Friday, October 7, 2011 at 1:33pm

Former Metro police officer Deon Cartmell has been sentenced to serve 18 years in prison for the March 2010 shooting death of his wife, Shari Cartmell.

Judge Randall Wyatt sentenced Cartmell at a Friday morning hearing. The sentence is to be served at 100 percent.

A Davidson County Criminal Court jury convicted Cartmell, 25, of second-degree murder on Aug. 26 after nearly six hours of deliberation. He faced a sentence of between 15 to 25 years.

Cartmell had claimed his 24-year-old wife accidentally shot herself while the two were alone at their Saunders Avenue home on March 16, 2010.

During his brief time on the police force, Cartmell, a 2009 graduate of the police academy, patrolled the East Precinct before being decommissioned the day after his wife died.

The police department placed him on administrative assignment during its investigation. He later resigned.

Police arrested Cartmell on May 28, 2010, the same day a grand jury indicted him.

7 Comments on this post:

By: yucchhii on 10/7/11 at 11:56

yucchhii Anybody else would have gotten LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE!!! The cop must know a judge or something!!!

By: Nitzche on 10/7/11 at 12:29

no, he knows no one....got the std. sentence for this type of crime...15-25 years

By: richgoose on 10/7/11 at 12:34

This was wonderful! The only bad thing is that this dastardly leaning person will be out and on the street in 15 years.

By: JakeNashville on 10/7/11 at 1:37

Nah, this wife killer won't last in prison unless they keep him isolated in solitary. Inmates haate cops and child rapists. He won't be the cocky, raogant prick he was on the streets. Good ridance and good luck prison inmates-FRESH MEAT BOYS!!!!!!

By: govskeptic on 10/8/11 at 6:54

I believe the story containing the words sentence at 100% is
absolutely incorrect. Based on past cases on good behavior
he will serve 30% of the minimum of 15 yrs, which translates
to about 5 yrs actually in prison. In fact, the case may have
actually been a First Degree Murder case versus Second
Degree, but only he and God know the answer to that one!

By: tourniquet on 10/8/11 at 7:41

Govskeptic, second degree murder is a 100% crime. The inmate can accumulate good and honor time while in prison to the extent that 15% can be shaved off that sentence, but no more than that. This inmate will have to serve at least 85% of the 18 year sentence. Cartmell was charged with first degree murder, and tried on that charged and the jury convicted him of the lesser-included second degree murder.

By: waters on 10/12/11 at 1:03

Good. Now lets go after the two SWAT officers and Domestic Violence Detectives that brutally assaulted a decorated ARMY Combat Medic OIF Veteran and his girlfriend, a former Gibson Guitar staffer and also a victim of domestic violence. justiceforisla.wordpress.com