Man pleads guilty to robbery that caused death

Gavel (KSN File Photo)
Gavel (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. — A man has plead guilty to armed robbery that led to the death of an elderly man.

The incident took place March 25, 2013 when David L. White, 27 of Wichita, held up 73-year-old Byron Shipman in the parking lot of the Kingsborough Apartments at 835 W. 26th St. South. White was armed with a handgun and took the man’s wallet and two rings, including his wedding band.

Mr. Shipman returned home where he was interviewed by police that night. He told his wife that he was very upset by the robbery and worried that the robber might come to his house. Less than an hour later, Shipman told his wife he did not feel. 911 was called when he became unresponsive.

Paramedics pronounced Shipman dead at his residence at 2:15 a.m., about six hours after the robbery. The medical examiner concluded that he died of an aneurysm caused by the stress of being robbed at gunpoint.

White entered a plea Thursday morning before Judge Ben Burgess to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated robbery for a series of crimes that occurred in Wichita. The other robbery was earlier the same day when White robbed a man headed to work in the 2500 block of East Lincoln. That victim was able to give a partial license plate number of White’s vehicle, which ultimately led to White’s arrest.

White’s plea agreement allows the District Attorney to ask for 29 years and 2 months in prison when he is sentenced June 19 before Judge David Kaufman. White is free to ask the judge for a lesser sentence.

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