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West Deptford Woman Admits to Fatal Neck Stabbing

Lori Hummel pleaded guilty to stabbing a man in the neck with scissors and stealing from him as he died. She also conspired to distribute heroin in jail, according to her plea.

A West Deptford woman will spend at least 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a man in 2010 and robbing him as he lay dying.

While locked up for that crime, Lori A. Hummel, 41, of Red Bank Avenue, conspired to distribute heroin in jail, which she also pleaded guilty to on Feb. 15.

Hummel’s guilty pleas included first-degree aggravated manslaughter for stabbing 54-year-old Thomas Carbin in his Westville apartment in December 2010, and conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Hummel admitted to entering Carbin’s apartment with the intent to steal from him. She stabbed him in the neck several times with scissors and instead of calling an ambulance as Carbin suffered from massive blood loss, Hummel stole items from his home and fled.

Several of Carbin’s items were found in the trash outside of the Gloucester City apartment Hummel was staying at, Gloucester County prosecutors said. Security cameras filmed Hummel using gift cards she admitted to stealing from Carbin.

Carbin was a welder and pipefitter, and a member of Ironworkers Local 399 on Crown Point Road.

Hummel was jailed in Salem County; she told authorities a corrections officer had provided her with heroin to distribute in the women’s detention center there in December 2012. Hummel and two men were charged as co-conspirators in the matter, and she pleaded guilty.

Hummel will be sentenced March 28. Under her plea agreement, Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Paul Colangelo will recommend 24 years in state prison. Hummel must serve 85 percent of the sentence—20 years, four months and 26 days—before she’s eligible for parole. She’ll be subjected to five years of parole supervision. 

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Kristi Simpkins February 17, 2013 at 06:06 AM
It's amazing to me. Amazing that someone can murder another human being & take their life away & receive a plea deal. Are you kidding me? What a crock! If you take a person's life away then you should lose the freedom to live your life freely for good. NO pleas bargains! It's unreal. What that man's family had to endure was bad enough just in losing him. It's terrible he had to lose his life in the manner he did. However to know that his killer is going to only be in jail for only 20 years? That's outrageous. Her punishment should have equaled the severity of her crimes. The fact that her sentence didn't fit the crimes committed by her is a crime in itself.
john thomashefsky February 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM
This lady has always been a scumbag!
Jerseygirl February 18, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Let's stop showing respect to creeps ~~ like calling them GENTLEMEN, LADY, and MR. How about just calling them 'this person' or something equally neutral. If they were indeed gentlemen and ladies, they wouldn't commit the crimes in the first place. .~ I agree with Kristi S. who complains about plea deals ... sometimes these pleas turn out to be a mere slap on the wrist when all is said and done, and the punishment doesn't fit the crime. Stinks!
Charles Monroe February 18, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Committing a murder during the course of a crime, in this case theft, is not aggravated manslaughter. It is first degree murder! She should serve 30 years before being eligible for parole. Then be paroled to her next crime, distributing heroin. I'm sure she got her deal because she told on the officer who gave her the heroin. Lady justice is a , , ,, to be bought and sold accordingly.
L. kenney March 06, 2013 at 04:08 AM
I cant believe she is only getting 20 years, its an outrage! She took a life she should do life!

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