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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