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March 27, 2014

Two guilty pleas in attempted murder of Shawnee man

Nicole Rose Carter, the victim’s 23-year-old stepdaughter, pleaded guilty in Johnson County District Court to charges of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Adam Hersh, 24, pleaded guilty to the same charges. Two other defendants already have been sentenced for trying to kill the 69-year-old victim, who was struck several times on the face and head with a baseball bat.

Two people pleaded guilty Thursday to the attempted murder of a Shawnee man last summer.

Nicole Rose Carter, the victim’s 23-year-old stepdaughter, pleaded guilty in Johnson County District Court to charges of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Adam Hersh, 24, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to the same charges, according to Assistant District Attorney Sarah Hill.

Two other defendants already have been sentenced for trying to kill the 69-year-old victim, who was struck several times on the face and head with a baseball bat.

Denise Davey, the victim’s wife and Carter’s mother, was sentenced earlier this month to 48 years in prison for her role. Another defendant, Hersh’s sister, Whitney Hersh, 25, of Kansas City, was sentenced to six years in prison.

Sentencing for Carter and Adam Hersh was scheduled for May 29.

In exchange for the guilty pleas, Hill dismissed motions seeking an upward departure from sentencing guidelines.

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