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Attempted murder suspect considering plea offer

William Dale Carman
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A man charged with attempted murder after a shooting incident in early January has been offered a plea agreement that would send him to state prison for 15 years.

The defense attorney for William “Dale” Carman, however, has asked the prosecutor to consider 12 years instead, citing his age.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies had responded to a property off Rex Reservoir and Flying T roads on Jan. 2, and arrived to find Dale Carman with at least one gunshot wound to the face and a woman, who has not been identified, with several gunshot wounds in the upper torso.

An intensive search was quickly launched for Dale Carman’s brother, James “Don” Carman, who was identified as a parolee at large, and possibly armed and dangerous.

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Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from the Placer County Sheriff’s SWAT team and the California Highway Patrol, spent most of the day checking outbuildings on the property and the surrounding parcels.

Late that night, detectives were able to convince Don Carman to meet and he was subsequently taken into custody. The shooting was described as stemming from a domestic issue, and ended in Don and Dale Carman reportedly exchanging gunfire. The female victim was shot in the process, but it was not clear if she was an intended target.

Don Carman, 61, pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm in Nevada County Superior Court and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Dale Carman, 59, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, being a felon in possession of a firearm, arson, criminal threats and attempted criminal threats. He is being held without bail.

A preliminary hearing into the evidence against Dale Carman had been set for Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court, but was re-scheduled to Sept. 3.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Ow noted she had made an offer that would net him 15 years. But Carman’s defense attorney, Greg Klein, noted that would be served at 85 percent time and said he was negotiating for a 12-year sentence.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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