A man who shot his elderly landlady in the back of the head at his Victorian Village apartment was sentenced today to life in prison with no chance of parole.
Jason L. Stubbs, 36, pleaded guilty in May to aggravated murder in the death of 73-year-old Carolyn Cummins. He shot her on Aug. 29 in the basement apartment he began renting from her that day at 1177 Highland St.
A life sentence was mandatory, but Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard S. Sheward could have given Stubbs an opportunity to apply for parole after 20, 25 or 30 years.
His decision to make Stubbs ineligible for parole was consistent with the wishes of the victim’s daughter, Robyn Hatfield, who spoke at the hearing.
Neighbors have said that Cummins created headaches for them by renting rooms in her home to seedy housemates who generated frequent police calls.
Stubbs arrived at the home on the day of the shooting to rent a room with money from his Social Security disability check, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by his attorney, Lewis Dye.
After he moved his belongings into the apartment, he got into an argument with Cummins about the rent payment. The dispute ended with Stubbs firing one shot into her head.
Dye asked the judge for a sentence of life with the chance of parole after 20 years.
In his court filing, Dye said Stubbs had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and reacted to the confrontation with “a sudden violent response ... due to his severe mental illness and low intellect.”
By John Futty - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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