Springfield parking lot fight sends man to prison

A man who pushed a Springfield man to the ground, resulting in his death, will spend more than a year in prison.

Jeremy Carmichael, 29, of Springfield pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to spend the next 18 months in prison, said William Merrell, assistant Clark County prosecutor.

Josh Hise, 38, died after an August fight in a parking lot of an apartment complex on Vester Avenue.

Surveillance video from the parking lot shows several fights, Merrell said, and it appeared Carmichael pushed Hise, who fell back and hit his head on a curb.

Police found Hise unresponsive when the arrived at the scene, according to police reports from that night.

Medics took Hise to Springfield Regional Medical Center, and he was later flown to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured skull and large brain bleed, police said. The family made the decision to take Hise off life support the next day.

The maximum punishment could have been three years in prison, Merrell said, but the plea Carmichael had resulted in a sentence of 18 months.

Hise’s family has said they did not understand the “senseless violence” that resulted in death.