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Man gets 47 years for the deadly shooting of a former GSU soccer star

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A man was sentenced to 47 years in prison for killing a former Georgia State University soccer star who attempted stop a fight between the shooter and another man after a hit and run in Fulton County, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Emery Parrish, 32, was found guilty Friday of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and hit and run as well as drug and weapon offenses in the 2012 shooting death of 23-year-old Ayokunle Lumpkin, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

The shooting happened on Aug. 19 after Parrish crashed into a parked vehicle at a party in Atlanta, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Yvette Jones said. Parish was driving his brother’s vehicle in the 200 block of Milton Avenue when, according to witnesses who were attending a nearby party, Parrish lost control, crashed through two fences and struck another car before coming to rest in the front yard of the home where the party was being held, Jones said.

After the crash, Parrish drove a short distance away from the crash scene, parked and then exited the car to inspect the damage, Jones said. Lumpkin and the vehicle’s owner confronted Parrish and an argument ensued between Parrish and the car owner, which escalated into a fight, Jones said.

Lumpkin pulled Parrish off the other man, but then Parrish ended up in a skirmish with several other partygoers who attempted to detain him and call 911, Jones said. Parrish then reached into his vehicle, retrieved a gun and fired several shots at the crowd, striking Lumpkin in the chest, she said.

Parrish fled the scene and abandoned the vehicle, but he later surrendered to Atlanta police after warrants were issued for his arrest, Jones said. Parrish was sentenced to 47years in prison without the possibility of parole, she said.