Two more of the “Elkhorn Eight” were sentenced to prison on Tuesday. The victim, Brian Carson was beaten to death in his home last April. His body was found inside the trunk of an abandoned car in a farm field. Just this week, Brian and Teresa Carson’s son, Ryan Carson, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of the elder Carson. Teresa Carson was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison for being an accessory to murder. Prosecutor Brenda Beadle says Teresa Carson knew about the murder plot and did nothing to prevent it.
“Statements from all the individuals of those who were present in the house that she knew what were going to happen. Statements from her daughter that there were discussions of life insurance money before he was murdered.”
Teresa Carson’s attorney, James Martin Davis claimed that Brian Carson was a monster and that her actions were motivated by years of physical abuse.
“Nobody excuses homicide. Nobody deserves to be murdered but if there was ever a situation that caused this was in part of the conduct by the victim.”
Brian Carson’s best friend Denise Buechler says that was not the case.
“Brian was no angel. He had a side of him that was rough and tough but he was no monster.”
Teresa Carson will have to serve at least nine years in prison before she is eligible for parole.
Also on Tuesday, Jeffrey Hill was sentenced to 4 to 5 years in prison of helping dispose of Carson’s body. Hill received a lenient sentence for cooperating with prosecutors.
A total of eight people have been accused of taking part in the murder including Carson’s daughter and Ryan Carson’s girlfriend.