Last 2 defendants plead guilty in downtown beating, robbery
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The last two men charged in a downtown robbery and beating earlier this year pleaded guilty Friday in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Quincy Luther Washington, 22, of Florence, S.C., pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to two counts of malicious wounding.
Washington was a member of the University of Charleston basketball team at the time. He faces two to 10 years in prison on each count, but Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach said he would recommend the charges run at the same time when Circuit Judge Duke Bloom sentences Washington Oct. 29.
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. Rude, 58, suffered a fractured wrist and a cut on his scalp in the attack. Morrison, 35, suffered minor injuries.
Along with Washington, two other UC basketball players were charged in the incident: Robbie Dreher, 22, of Greenville, S.C., and Terrell Lipkins, 22, of Canton, Ohio. UC dismissed all three players hours after they were arrested.
Another man, Terry Schmactenberger, 22, of Canton, Ohio, who was in town visiting Lipkins, admitted his involvement in the incident Friday morning, pleading guilty to first-degree robbery.
The charge carries a minimum of 10 years in jail, but as part of Schmactenberger's plea deal, Giggenbach said he would recommend Schmactenberger be placed at the Anthony Correctional Center for young offenders. Also, because Schmactenberger doesn't have a criminal history, the prosecutor said he would consider recommending probation, depending on a pre-sentencing report.
"He wasn't one of the defendants striking, kicking or beating one of the victims," Giggenbach said.
Schmactenberger had been out of jail on bond, but was taken into custody today following his guilty plea. When Bloom asked him if he would pass a drug screening, he said he had smoked marijuana about two weeks ago.
"Since you owned up to it, I won't hold it against you," the judge said.
Lipkins pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree robbery. During his hearing, he pointed out Schmactenberger, Dreher and Washington on video surveillance footage that captured the incident.
In addition to robbery, Lipkins 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. 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.
Dreher pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful wounding and faces up to five years on that charge when he's sentenced on Oct. 30. He apparently joined the fray in April after Washington punched Rude, Giggenbach said. Schmactenberger and Lipkins will also be sentenced Oct. 30.
Police say credit cards belonging to Morrison were taken and used. Rude's wallet had $20 missing, which Schmactenberger admitted taking.
One of Washington's malicious-wounding charges stemmed from a separate incident that occurred about a week earlier, also on Virginia Street East, in front of the Summit Bank.
Washington admitted to punching Oliver Gipson, who was in Charleston filming the MTV show "Buckwild." The blow caused Gipson's face to break through the bank's window.
Giggenbach said based on a pre-sentencing report he would consider recommending Washington be placed at the Anthony Correctional Center and would not file recidivist charges.
Giggenbach said Washington has a previous felony conviction in South Carolina, but said it was unclear what that charge was and whether he was a juvenile at the time.
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