Nick McWilliams reporting – Following brief consideration of representing himself while on trial, 31-year old Joshua Lippencott has instead accepted a plea deal with the state.

Lippencott, who was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday for an assault which led to the death of 62-year old David Robinson, waved his rights to ask for an early release or appeal a ruling on Tuesday.

Tuscarawas County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Ernest says that Lippencott will now serve 11 years in prison, adding the prosecutor’s office is pleased with the outcome.

“This is a case in which it is unconventional, in the way in which this was charged as a murder, in that they’re unusual facts. One punch is the extent of the assault. It’s just that that one punch resulted in serious injuries.

The defendant pled guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge as part of the deal.

In October of 2017, Lippencott nearly struck Robinson with his vehicle while the Gnadenhutten-area man entered the roadway to turn his lawnmower around.

Lippencott exited his vehicle, hitting Robinson in the face, which later caused post-traumatic meningitis, leading to Robinson’s death a week after the incident.

If the case went to trial, the possibility of 15 years to life in prison was on the table.

Lippencott expressed his desire to fire his attorney Dan Guinn the day before trial, which would have left him representing himself, but changed his mind when he discovered the plea deal remained on the table Monday.

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