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A Yucca man will spend more than three decades in prison for the murder of a disabled Navy veteran. Buddy Wallace, 28, was given a 32-year prison term for the Oct., 2015 stabbing death of Charles McCarty.


The 70-year-old victim suffered 21 stab wounds in the attack. Wallace had reportedly been high on methamphetamine and went three days without sleep before the stabbing.

“It was a brutal, senseless attack,” the victim’s brother Robert McCarty said at the Feb. 12 sentencing hearing in Kingman. “Buddy Wallace took it upon himself to become the judge, jury and executioner.”

Other family members also spoke of their loss when making remarks to the Court.

Wallace was convicted during a jury trial last Dec. of second degree murder, burglary and theft of means of transportation. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert ordered a 25-year prison sentence for the murder followed by seven years for stealing the victim’s vehicle.

Judge Lambert ordered a 20-year sentence for the burglary conviction, but ruled that those years in prison be served concurrent with the 25 years because the murder and robbery were linked events.

It was noted that Wallace had learning deficiencies early in school and that he was four years old when he witnessed his mother being murdered in Minnesota in 1985.

- Dave Hawkins

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