Sumner Police Chief Appears At Sentencing for Man Who Shot Him

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

SUMNER, Iowa - For the first time, Sumner Police Dennis Cain faced the man who shot him during a bank robbery and police chase.

"Usually I can forgive, but not this," said Chief Cain. "I will never forgive it or forget it."

Three bullets hit Chief Cain that October day.

Chief Cain delivered a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing for Jeremiah Mumford, of New Hampton, and William Clayton, of Osage.

Both men faced robbery and attempted murder charges in connection with the 2012 incident in Maynard. Mumford and Clayton were accused of wounding two officers during an ensuing car chase through two counties. The men were captured near Frederika several hours later.

Mumford, 25, and Clayton, 19, have agreed to take plea deals in Bremer County. A judge sentenced the two Iowa men to 75 years. They'll serve at least 30 in prison.

Chief 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. He reportedly rolled his eyes and cocked his head during Cain's witness impact statement in court.

"I could have taken him out in the backroom," Chief Cain said. "He had an attitude."

Chief Cain and his wife, Tammy, believe Mumford and Clayton deserve longer sentences.

"You can't get life for just attempted murder," Chief Cain said. "But they should because that's what they basically did to me, because I can't do anything anymore."

Chief 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 Chief Cain he would never make a full recovery.
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