2 sentenced to prison in slaying of Wright State student Parris Hummons

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 11:34 PM

Parris Hummons

The two men responsible for shooting Wright State University student Parris Hummons in 2016 each will spend more than two decades in prison.

Our news partners, WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, reported that John Sanders and Robert Carpenter learned their fate Monday when they pleaded guilty to murder and other charges stemming from the slaying.

Their actions cut down a young woman who was in her second year of studies at Wright State.  

Before that, her grandmother said she'd written "My American Dream," a paper about her life's aspirations.  

The 19-year-old wanted to earn a PhD, she wrote: "I want my family to be proud that my last name is Hummons." 

That American dream would be cut short April 16, 2016, when Hummons went to Cincinnati to visit a friend. Her aunt said they were going to go out shopping, have a good time.  

RELATED: Wright State establishes scholarship for slain student

Hummons was shot as they drove along Reading Road in Bond Hill. A witness said she found Hummons' friend screaming for help, covered in blood.  

Hummons was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, but she died from her injuries.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said she wasn't the intended target.  

One of her killers, Robert Carpenter, told the courtroom and a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge he never intended to kill anyone but wanted to send a message. He'd been in a fight earlier that day and was out looking for revenge.

John Sanders was driving when Carpenter fired on the vehicle he thought was carrying the man he'd fought with.  

"I want to apologize for my actions," he said. "I wasn't thinking rationally ... if I could take everything back, I would."  

Sanders asked Hummons' family for forgiveness. 

"It was reckless and stupid," he said. "I pray for the Hummons family everyday. I know we're all human, but I hope one day they can forgive me."  

Shirley Rosell, Hummons' grandmother who brought her "American Dream" to court, said the family would never recover.  

"You took my joy that night," she said. "When you put the bullet in her head, you put the bullet in our hearts." 

Hummons had been studying rehabilitation services at Wright State; benefactors created a memorial scholarship in her name.  

"I want to choke both of you," her uncle and legal guardian, Vernon, told the killers. "She could have been a doctor."  

Vernon Hummons said he believed his niece died "because someone couldn't take a butt-whooping."  

Parris Hummons' best friend, Dominique Nation, told the court her friend's death "has made me question everything that I know."  

"Just being in this space around either of them is hurting me because Parris had so much going for her," Nation said.  

Carpenter and Sanders also pleaded guilty to two gun specifications and felonious assault. The judge sentenced Carpenter to 28 years to life in prison, and sentenced Sanders to 20 years to life.

Hay bails on trailer ignite in Darke County

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 9:53 PM

Crews were called Sunday evening to a report of large hay bails on fire on a moving truck near Jaysville St. John and Sebring Warner roads in Greenville Twp.

Crews were called to extinguish large hay bails that caught fire this evening on the trailer of a moving truck in Darke County.

The fire crews reached the truck near Jaysville St. John and Sebring Warner roads, our media partner BlueBag Media reported.

The fire activity was reported in Greenville Twp. in the 5200 block of Folkerth Road, which was blocked due to the large bails of hay that were burning.

No injuries were reported, and it’s not clear what started the fire.

Centerville police investigate shots fired at Iron Horse Park

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 5:32 PM

Centerville police are investigating a report of shots fired at a local park.

The incident was reported at 3:35 p.m. at the Iron Horse Park, 6161 Millshire Drive. Yellow police tape is blocking a portion of the park grounds.

Centerville police dispatch says no medics were called to the scene and there were no reports of injuries.

A park visitor said she and her husband heard the shots and saw suspects come out of the woods.

Police at the scene said no arrests have been made.

1 killed, several injured in 2-car crash in Sidney

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m. (June 25)

Police in Sidney continue to investigate a deadly crash that sent several people to the hospital Saturday night.

West Court Steet and Royan Avenue are back open to traffic after police finished their on-scene investigation.

The two-vehicle collision left one dead and several people from both vehicles were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police tell us further details about what happened, including the fatal victim’s identity, will be released Monday.

UPDATE @ 1:02 a.m. (June 25)

One person is dead following a crash in Sidney Saturday night, according to a release from Sidney police. 

Police and medics were sent to the 900 block of West Court Street after two cars collided at the intersection of Royan Avenue and West Court Street. 

According to the release, multiple people were in both cars and all were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital. 

The coroner has been contacted for one person dead at the scene, according to police. 

Crews remain in the area and a traffic reconstructionist is currently investigating.


Crews were called tonight to a report of a serious injury crash in Sidney.

The two-vehicle crash was reported around 11:15 p.m. in the 900 block of West Court Street.

According to initial reports, there were multiple injuries with CPR performed on one person. A crash reconstructionist was called to the scene.

We’re working to learn the severity of injuries, and what led to the crash.

VIDEO: Cruiser rolls away from Miami County deputy during traffic stop

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:04 PM

A Miami County Sheriff’s deputy was in pursuit of his cruiser Saturday morning after it got away during a traffic stop. 

The cruiser traveled backward around 11 a.m. on Ohio 718 and into the intersection with South Dorset Road in Concord Twp. near Troy. 

The deputy sprinted and was able to hop into the moving vehicle and stop the cruiser before it hit anyone or anything. 

The sheriff’s office said they were aware of the incident, but the deputy’s name and whether he will face disciplinary action was not released.

An iWitness7 viewer shared a video of the incident. The video shot by Brenden Besecker shows the cruiser rolling backwards into the South Dorset Road intersection.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office said they were aware of the incident, but we’re still working to learn the deputy’s name and whether he will face any disciplinary action.