Man sentenced to 47 years in killing of former GSU soccer player

The man convicted of fatally shooting a former Georgia State University soccer player has been sentenced to 47 years in prison.

Emery Parrish, 32, was found guilty by a jury Friday of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, hit and run, possession of cocaine, and weapons offenses in connection with the August 2012 death of former GSU soccer player Ayokunle Lumpkin. Parrish will not be eligible for parole, according to a news release from the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr.

Lumpkin, 23, of Kennesaw was at a party in the 200 block of Milton Avenue during the early morning hours of August 19, 2012, according to the release. Parrish drove through the area, lost control of the vehicle and crashed through two fences and struck another car before coming to rest in the front yard of the home where the party was held, authorities said.

Parrish left the immediate scene and pulled over a short distance away, according to the D.A.’s office. There he was confronted by the owner of the vehicle he hit and Lumpkin. Parrish and the car owner got into a physical fight, which was broken up by Lumpkin, but then there was a secondary disturbance that involved several other people, according to the release. Parrish fired several shots at the group, fatally wounding Lumpkin.

Parrish fled the scene on foot. He turned himself in to police several days later.