New Jersey woman pleads guilty in steelworker's death

Posted: February 17, 2013

A Gloucester County woman pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of a 54-year-old steelworker in his Westville apartment in December 2010.

Under a plea deal, Lori A. Hummel, 41, of Thorofare, faces 24 years in prison and must serve 20 years and four months of that before becoming eligible for parole, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said.

She also pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin while in custody in the Salem County jail in December and will face a four-year term to be served concurrently with her manslaughter sentence.

Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. set sentencing for March 28.

Hummel, the mother of a teenage daughter, admitted stabbing Thomas Carbin, an acquaintance, in the neck after going to his apartment with the intent of robbing him.

Police later found clothing belonging to the victim in a Dumpster near an apartment in Gloucester City where Hummel had been staying, and she was caught on video using gift cards stolen from Carbin at stores.

When police questioned her, they found blood, later determined to be Carbin's, on her shoe.

Hummel had been scheduled to go on trial April 1.

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