A former University of Charleston basketball player pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree robbery.
Terrell Lee Lipkins, 22, of Canton, Ohio, also pointed out others in surveillance footage who are accused of helping to rob two men in downtown Charleston in April. He also testified about the assault of an MTV producer in town to film the show "Buckwild."
Lipkins faces a minimum of 10 years in jail for first-degree robbery when Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom sentences him Oct. 30. Lipkins also pleaded guilty to one count of credit card fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years, and conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, which carries a sentence of one to five years.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped another charge of first-degree robbery and three other counts of credit card fraud against Lipkins.
Assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Fred Giggenbach said he would recommend Lipkins' sentences run at the same time, because he agreed to give information about others allegedly involved in the robbery and beatings.
Giggenbach also said that the plea agreement gives him the right to comment at Lipkins' sentencing. Lipkins is eligible to be placed at the Anthony Correctional Center for young offenders, but Giggenbach said prosecutors wouldn't make any sentencing recommendation until they review a pre-sentencing report.
In April, Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison were attacked and robbed at about 2:40 a.m. at the intersection of Laidley Street and Virginia Street East. Police say credit cards belonging to Morrison were taken and used.
Rude, 58, suffered a fractured wrist and a cut on his scalp in the attack. Morrison, 35, suffered minor injuries.
Robbie Dreher, 22, and Quincy Washington, 22, who were both members of the UC basketball team, were also each charged with two counts of first-degree robbery. UC dismissed all three players hours after they were arrested.
Timothy Schmachenberger, 22, of Canton, Ohio, also is charged with fraud and related activity in connection with an access device.
The three men have pleaded not guilty and are being held in jail awaiting trial.