Man shot by Caldwell police in November gets 3 to 10 in prison

Clifford O. Carter
Clifford O. Carter

Clifford O. Carter Jr., 40, was sentenced in 3rd District Court Thursday to at least three, and up to 10, years in prison for felony domestic battery in front of a child and felony assault on a police officer.

A Caldwell police officer responding to a domestic violence call at Carter's Indiana Avenue Home Nov. 29 shot Carter in the face after Carter reportedly sped toward him in a car as if to run him down. Carter was hospitalized for several days, then booked into the Canyon County Jail.

Carter told police he blacked out after drinking about six beers and having an argument with his wife. Court documents allege he repeatedly struck and tried to strangle his wife, then broke down a locked door while she was trying to hide from him.

Seven other charges stemming from the November incident, including attempted strangulation and DUI, were dropped in a plea deal. Carter entered an Alford plea, which does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him.