Ernest A. Carter is an African-American man originally from California, United States. He is a published author and an activist advocating for gang violence prevention.
Carter is also known as Le’Taxione. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born in 1963.
- He was one of the founding members of a gang in Fresno, California.
- In 1983, he was convicted of assault with a firearm on a police officer in California.
- In 1988, he was convicted of felony possession and distribution of a controlled substance in Oregon, USA.
- In 1990, he was convicted of attempted murder in Oregon.
- In 1998, the Pierce County Superior Court in Pierce County, Washington, USA convicted him of two counts of first-degree robbery and sentenced him as a persistent offender to life in prison. It was his third serious offense so he was eligible for life without parole under the persistent offender law.
- In 2007, he founded the Nine Steps to Empower Process (N’STEP), an innovative, non-traditional and effective approach to gang violence prevention.
- While in prison, he published eight books. He published one more book outside the prison.
- In 2015, 23rd Washington governor Jay Inslee granted him clemency.
- After leaving prison, he enrolled at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington. He is the vice president of the school’s Black Student Union.
- He a member of the executive board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) branch in Spokane.
- A woman accused him of hitting her many times, trying to strangle her and biting her on the left side of her face on the evening of December 14, 2020.
- On December 17, 2020, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence assault. Held in Spokane County Jail on a $500,000 bond, he is scheduled to be arraigned on December 29, 2020.
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