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      Man sentenced for Pulaski County woman's murder

      Charles Howard pleaded guilty Monday in a Pulaski County courtroom to the murder of Laila Carpenter.
      A Pulaski County man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the murder of a 33-year-old woman. Charles Howard pleaded guilty Monday in a Pulaski County courtroom to the murder of Laila Carpenter. He was then sentenced to two life terms for second-degree murder and armed criminal action. On July 15, 2013 police found Carpenter dead from a gunshot wound at the Alpine Haus Motel in St. Robert. According to court documents, during an interview with authorities, Charles Howard said he had been involved in an ongoing dispute between his family, Carpenter and Brian Haggard. Howard said the dispute involved verbal threats and the exchange of threatening text messages. Messages on Carpenter's cell phone and witness statements confirmed the escalating dispute. Court documents say that Howard admitted he and three other people went to Alpine Haus with the intention of settling the dispute. When he got there the morning of July 15, Howard fired several shots at Carpenter and Haggard as they were outside Carpenter's motel room, killing Carpenter.