Springfield man pleads guilty to cover-up in 2015 murder

Springfield man pleads guilty to cover-up in 2015 murder
Carmelo Rivera

A Springfield man pleaded guilty to helping cover up a 2015 murder.

Carmelo Rivera, 42, was convicted this month for charges of tampering with evidence, a felony in the third degree, and gross abuse of a corpse, a felony in the fifth degree, in Clark County Common Pleas Court.

Clark County Common Pleas Judge Richard O’Neill sentenced Rivera to four years in prison. Rivera has filed an appeal of his sentence.

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Rivera was charged in connection with the murder of Tiffany Chambers and the subsequent cover-up.

Chambers was killed by Prentiss Hare in 2015 in an alley off Pleasant Street and her body was hidden in Greene County, according to investigators. Her remains were found in 2016 — launching an investigation that eventually identified both her and her killer.

“What originally happened was there was a murder in Florida,” said Dan Driscoll, chief of the criminal division at the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, on Tuesday. “Prentiss Hare then brought Tiffany Chambers (and) Carmelo Rivera … from Florida up to the Springfield area. Once they were here, they were here for a couple weeks, Prentiss became nervous that Tiffany was talking to other individuals so he beat her to death.”

Rivera and Hannah Whitman acted as lookouts for Hare during the slaying, Driscoll said.

Rivera was sentenced Nov. 7. Whitman was sentenced in July. Hare was already serving 26 years to life for another murder when he pleaded guilty in Chambers’ death in May.