Truck driver: Bound prostitute died during engagement sex party
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
A Texas woman's death was an accident that happened during a drug-fueled sex party.
That's the claim of a trucker driver who was arrested two years ago after the burned body of a woman was found in the cab of his 18-wheeler. Monday, he pleaded guilty to arson and the desecration of a human corpse in a Hancock County courtroom.
Mark Andrew Rice, 49, managed to avoid a charge of murder once he told the court his account of that night. He said the dead woman was actually his new fiancee, prostitute Natasha Carpenter. And that she suffocated as they celebrated their engagement with a meth and bondage sex party.
Rice said he passed out while she was gagged. When he woke up, she was dead and he panicked. That's when he bought all the crystal meth his dealer had and drove from Barstow, California to his hometown of the Kiln. The entire time, he said her body was in the cab of his truck, under a tarp.
Rice said he was so distraught, he planned to kill himself. A family member took away his gun, so he climbed inside the truck and set it on fire.
"It appeared he was trying to burn himself and the body," Sheriff Steve Garber said. Law enforcement eventually managed to pull him from the vehicle, but not before one deputy suffered serious smoke inhalation.
After Rice was taken into custody, he made some ominous comments to reporters at the time, saying, "The only thing you need to know is that I'm a dead man anyway."
But that wasn't the case. Mark Rice couldn't be charged with manslaughter in the state of Mississippi, because the woman died in California.
In a 2010 letter to law enforcement in Mississippi, California authorities said they were unable to pursue a manslaughter charge because there was "insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt." Some Hancock County authorities say they believe that if Rice had been tried for manslaughter in our state, he would have been convicted.
Rice was sentenced to six years in jail, but two years have been suspended for time served. He was also ordered to pay Carpenter's family around $4,100 for the cost of her funeral.
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:17:53 GMT
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union.More >>
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union. Biloxi Police Department Investigator Steve Schlicht said Cynthia Ann Brosh, 57, turned herself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.