DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Two security guards who pleaded guilty to shooting a man at a Dayton apartment complex are heading to prison.
“You thought you were above the law when you took our son’s life, and you thought his presence wouldn’t be missed but it is, he was loved by so many, you have destroyed my life, you have broken my heart” said Saprena Riley, Dante Price’s mother.
It’s been a long two years for Dante Price’s family, the 25-year old man who was killed by two security guards outside the Summit Square apartments.
Today, 34-year old Christopher Tarbert and 26-year old Justin Wissinger were each sentenced to four years for involuntary manslaughter. In court both defendants expressed their sympathy to the Price family.
“I can not imagine what it would be like to lose a father, a brother, or a son, I am truly sorry for what I have done, if I had known I would have never taken the job, I hope and pray one day the Price family can forgive me” said Justin Wissinger, defendant.
“I accept my responsibility, I want it to be known I don’t think and pray for his family, his son, everybody involved. It has really changed my life and since I have been in custody here, I have turned my life over to God” expressed Christopher Tarbert, defendant.
Price was shot and killed at the Summit Square Apartments on Hoover Avenue after a parking lot confrontation with Tarbert and Wissinger.
The guards said they believed Price was trespassing on the property. Price’s family says he was visiting his fiance and 1-year-old son.
After hearing the sentence, teary-eyed Price family members said justice had not been served.
“You showed no mercy and today I will show no mercy for you so I want the court to sentence you to the maximum” said Riley.r
“You don’t know suffering the way I know suffering” said Steven Price, Dante Price’s father.
Both men pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter and abduction charges for the death of Dante Price.
The men were each sentenced to four years in prison, pay fines and nearly $4,000 each in restitution to Price’s mother. Both earned some days off their sentences for time already served. They must then serve five years probation upon release.