Man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in aneurism death that resulted from robbery

05/08/2014 4:23 PM

08/08/2014 10:24 AM

A Wichita man charged with the first-degree murder of a 73-year-old man who died of a ruptured aneurism after he was robbed at gunpoint last March pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Thursday, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office said.

David L. White, 27, originally faced aggravated robbery charges in the March 25, 2013, hold-up of 73-year-old Byron Shipman. But prosecutors upped one of the charges to first-degree murder earlier this year after a pathologist wrote in Shipman’s autopsy report that “the emotional stress associated with the robbery precipitated the rupture of the ... aneurism” that killed him less than six hours later.

White also admitted to two counts of aggravated robbery in the plea deal. The agreement will allow prosecutors to ask a judge to impose a prison term of 29 years, 2 months on White when he is sentenced June 19, the district attorney’s office said in a news release.

He will be free to ask for a lesser sentence.

Shipman died of the aneurism at home around 2 a.m. March 26, 2013, after complaining of stomach pains to his wife and asking to go to the emergency room. He had been robbed of his wallet and two rings less than six hours earlier in the 800 block of West 26th Street South after dropping his grandchildren off at their apartment.

Shipman, police have said, was one of several people robbed in south and west Wichita on March 24 and March 25. He told his wife he was upset by the robbery, according to the district attorney’s office.

White on Thursday also entered a plea in the March 25, 2013, armed robbery of a 38-year-old man as the man was headed to work in the 2500 block of East Lincoln. That man gave the robber his identification and cash, the district attorney’s release said, but was able to provide police with a partial license plate of the suspect’s vehicle, which ultimately led to White’s arrest.

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