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Arthur Charles Carnes IV

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:42 am, Fri Apr 13, 2012.

The man who shot and dismembered his co-renter who gave him a place to live was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison on Wednesday.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly handed down the decision to Arthur Charles Carnes IV for the Nov. 18, 2007, shooting of Matthew Alan Seybert.

During the trial, prosecutors stated that Carnes, 40, shot and killed Seybert, 41, because the victim was in the process of moving, thus leaving Carnes with no place to go.

Carnes stole Seybert's credit cards and car after shooting him to death on a 30-acre property where they lived near Galt.

Carnes then dismembered Seybert's body and discarded the torso into a creek.

In the probation report, Carnes described himself as "socially retarded."

Carnes claimed in the report that he "did not enjoy attending high school."

The report also states that Carnes' parents separated when he was 2 years old and that he was primarily raised by his mother, whom he described as an alcoholic.

Carnes never held a job for longer than two years, according to the probation report.

During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Kevin Greene showed jurors roughly 400 pages of Internet postings by Carnes where the defendant detailed various ways to kill someone.

After he shot, killed and dismembered Seybert, Carnes took photos of the slain victim that authorities recovered in his camera when he was arrested in Canada two years later.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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  • Joe Baxter posted at 7:28 am on Sat, Apr 14, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1795

    Mr. Bransom, this is California. Land of the Liberals. They don't even want to hurt his little feelings much less give him the death penalty then actually execute him. We are supporting a bunch of death row inmates that don't deserve to breath any longer.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 3:10 pm on Fri, Apr 13, 2012.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    So that crime does not deserve death? Just what does a fella have to do to get the Gas Chamber around here?



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