Sumner police chief speaks out at sentencing of bank robbers

(Radio Iowa) – Sumner Police Dennis Cain faced the man who shot him during a bank robbery and police chase in October of 2012 for the first time Monday. Chief Cain delivered a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing for 25-year-old Jeremiah Mumford, of New Hampton, and 19-year-old William Clayton, of Osage.

Mumford and Clayton were accused of wounding Cain and an Iowa State Patrol trooper during a car chase through two counties following the bank robbery in Maynard. Mumford and Clayton agreed to plea deals in Bremer County and were sentenced to 75 years in jail They will have to serve at least 30 years before they’re eligible for parole.

Cain said the bullets that hit him came from a gun fired by Mumford. The chief said Mumford did not show any remorse during Monday’s hearing “I could have taken him out in the backroom,” Cain said. “I mean he had an attitude.” Mumford reportedly rolled his eyes and cocked his head during Cain’s witness impact statement in court. Cain and his wife, Tammy, believe Mumford and Clayton deserve longer sentences.

“You can’t get life for just attempted murder, but they should because that’s basically what they did to me, because I can’t do anything anymore.” Cain said he is still barely working at the police department and might be forced to retire early. He still has one more surgery on his vocal chords. That will take place later this summer.

The Cains will know more about his future after that surgery. Doctors told Cain he would never make a full recovery. State Trooper Mark Domino was shot in the right arm during the robbery, but was has recovered and returned to work. Both Mumford and Clayton will be sentenced in a similar plea deal in Fayette County on June 26th.