Hudson Valley Man Heading To Prison For Killing Man Wanted For Rape
A Hudson Valley man who claimed he killed a child rape suspect in self-defense is heading to prison.
David Carlson, 45, of Sparrowbush faced up to 25 years in jail after he was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter.
On Tuesday in Orange County Court, Carlson was sentenced to five years in prison for killing Norris Acosta-Sanchez in 2013.
Acosta-Sanchez was wanted for raping an underage girl in Rockland County. Prior to learning about the rape allegations, Carlson befriended Acosta-Sanchez and let him stay at his home. Carlson said the shooting was done in self-defense after he learned about the alleged rape.
The day before the 2013 fatal shooting, Acosta-Sanchez was the subject of a police manhunt in the woods near Carlson’s home. Acosta Sanchez escaped police custody and hid in the woods.
When Carlson, a husband and father, learned Acosta-Sanchez was accused of raping a young Rockland girl he tried to turn him into police. That’s when Carlson claims Acosta-Sanchez attacked him.
“You can send an ambulance, but he’s probably dead. My neighbor just shot a fugitive,” a neighbor said in a 911 call moments after the shooting, according to CBS.
With the body lying on the ground, Carlson spoke with the 911 operator.
Operator: “Sir, why did you shoot him?”
Carlson: “He was threatening me. This is the guy you were chasing yesterday. He came back to my house.”
Operator: “He came back to your house?”
Carlson: “And was a little pissed, so I had my gun already out. I put it on him. I tried to get him to the neighbor’s to call the cops and in the meantime he just started attacking me.”
It took the jury over seven days to find Carlson guilty.