Convicted Clermont County Man Faces 20 Years to Life for Mother’s Stabbing Death & Police Attack

BATAVIA, Ohio – A Clermont County man who pleaded guilty to the aggravated murder of his mother and assaulting a police officer is facing a potential sentence of 20 years to life in prison. Joshua Amburgy, 58, admitted to fatally stabbing his mother, Melissa Amburgy, in November 2022 in their Miami Township home.

Melissa Amburgy, 58, was found with multiple stab wounds in the basement of their residence and was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. After the attack, Joshua Amburgy fled the scene and was later confronted by police at a nearby residence’s back patio, still armed with the knife used in the attack.

Despite repeated commands to drop the knife, Amburgy charged at the police officers, prompting one officer to deploy a Taser, which missed, and another to resort to shooting Amburgy in the leg in self-defense. The police immediately provided aid by applying a tourniquet to Amburgy’s leg until medics arrived.

The incident, described by Miami Township Police Chief Mike Mills as “unfortunate,” resulted in Amburgy being airlifted to the hospital, treated, and then released to jail. The sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, where the potential consequences faced by Amburgy for his crimes will be determined.