30-to-life for murder of a local man walking to work

Judge sentences Riggins to life in prison for the murder of James Tamplin. Riggins won't be eligible for parole for 30 years (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A judge sentenced the man who gunned down another man as he walked to work early one morning to life in prison. Devarieh Riggins won't be eligible for parole for 30 years. He'll be 51-years-old.

Riggins and Coron Smith were both charged in the murder of James Tamplin. Tamplin was robbed and shot as he walked to a 4 a.m. shift at the St. Bernard Soap Factory on Winneste Ave. on June 28, 2016.

Riggins attorney asked the judge to consider his client's age of 21 and that "with a mother like his, he never had a chance". The attorney said that his mother was pulled over when she had a gun in her purse. Riggins was still a juvenile and she had him take responsibility.

The attorney said Riggins' mother had no interest in her son after his arrest. "Outside of her influence, in 20 years he could be a completely different man. I see it in him."

The assistant prosecutor called the murder "unspeakable". He asked for the maximum sentence of life without parole. So did Tamplin's family. His sister Tiffany James said her family is broken because of the murder.

Melody Lewis said Tamplin had just found out he was going to be a father. She called for the maximum sentence and counseling for Riggins. "Something in your heart is broken for you to go out there and do a crime like that."

Judge Patrick Dinkelacker said this case struck him because Tamplin did nothing to deserve this. "He was going to work in the morning. He's the kind of guy that day in and day out makes America go and you took his life."

Judge Dinkelacker said that while he did take into consideration Riggins' mother, he also had to consider that Riggins had never worked plus he had a considerable criminal history already.

Riggins said nothing during his hearing.

Police tell Local 12 that Devarieh Riggins in the brother of Deoveon Riggins, who appeared in court Thursday to answer to charges in a strikingly similar murder.

Coron Smith pleaded guilty last month. A judge sentenced him to 18-years in prison.

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