UC basketball player sentenced in beatings
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A University of Charleston basketball player who had a full college scholarship will spend the next two to 10 years in prison for two downtown beatings last spring.
Quincy Luther Washington, 22, of Florence, S.C., was sentenced Monday after previously pleading guilty to two counts of malicious wounding. Each charge carried a penalty of two to 10 years' incarceration.
Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom said the sentences would run at the same time, meaning Washington could be released after two years. Washington was given credit for the 103 days he's already spent in jail.
In April, Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison were attacked and robbed around 2:30 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 and pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery. Bloom will sentence the three men Wednesday.
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.
Rude was in the courtroom Tuesday but didn't want to speak. Gipson listened by telephone and said he was satisfied with the sentencing, according to assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach.
"Mr. Washington had a basketball career at the University of Charleston -- with a full ride, as I understand it -- and threw it all away. He threw it all away on two violent attacks in downtown Charleston," Giggenbach said.
Washington's attorney, William Harding, asked Bloom to grant probation, saying he believed because of his client's young age he had time to turn his life around.
After apologizing to the victims, Washington said he regretted what he had done.
"I apologize to my family and to UC for putting them through this heartache," Washington said. "Being under the influence clouded my judgment ... and I take full responsibility for my actions." His family wiped tears from their eyes in the hallway after the sentencing.
Giggenbach pointed out, however, that Washington participated in two violent attacks.
"That's not a probation case; that's a prison case," he said.
Bloom agreed, "This wasn't a one-time event," he said before handing down the sentence.
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