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KILLER ORDERED TO TAKE 5 YEARS TO `FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED’

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Michael Anthony Carpenter has told the state Board of Pardons that he never laid a finger on the 18-month-old girl he is convicted of killing, but board members say evidence indicates that Chelsea Everson's death was a homicide.

"I don't believe for one minute that you didn't touch that child, not for one minute," board member Michael Sibbett told Carpenter, 33 of Provo. "That child did not die of anything but a serious beating and you were the only adult in the home."Board members told Carpenter last week that he will have five years to contemplate what he did. He will not appear again before the board to discuss a parole date until April 1995.

"I have to tell you I'm very disturbed with the lack of remorse and lack of admission I see here," Sibbett said.

"I hope in the next 60 months you can figure out what happened that night. I hope you can grasp the seriousness of what happened."

Autopsy results indicate the child died of a subdural hematoma, an injury consistent with severe shaking or blows to the head. She also suffered black eyes and bruises.

In addition, on the night before the child died, neighbors reported hearing her crying. Her cries were followed by shouts and yelling from Carpenter and then silence from the child, board members said.

The next day about 9 a.m., Carpenter called authorities to report a child not breathing. Paramedics arrived to find the baby dead.

Carpenter originally was charged with second-degree homicide, a first-degree felony. He later pleaded no contest to manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and was sentenced to 1 to 15 years at the Utah State Prison.

The day of the homicide, Carpenter was baby-sitting the three children of his live-in girlfriend, Reisa Everson, who had left Carpenter in charge because she had to serve a 24-hour jail sentence for an unpaid traffic ticket, Sibbett said.

The child's father, Ike Everson, 39, was serving time at Utah State Prison when the homicide occurred. He is serving a 1-to-15-year sentence for aggravated robbery and a one-year term for Class A misdemeanor child abuse that occurred in 1988 when he was free on parole.