CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two former University of Charleston basketball players and another man were sentenced Wednesday to a medium-security youth offender facility for their roles in an April mugging.
Timothy Schmachtenberger, 22, of Canton, Ohio, along with two former U.C. basketball players, Terrell Lipkins, 22, of Canton, Ohio, and Robbie Dreher, 22, of Greenville, S.C., appeared Wednesday before Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom.
The three men were sentenced to the Anthony Correctional Center, a youth offender facility for people between the ages of 18-25. The goal of the facility is to educate and rehabilitate offenders. People typically complete the program within nine months to two years.
If they successfully complete the program, the three men could receive up to five years probation upon release from the center.
Charges go back to April 21 when Patrick Morrison and Andrew Rude were attacked and robbed on Virginia Street, as they were walking to their cars. Prosecutors said a fourth person, Quincy Washington, 22, of Florence, S.C., punched Rude and Dreher pushed him down.
Schmachtenberger and Lipkins went through Morrison's pockets to get his wallet and Lipkins later used a credit card taken from the victim, prosecutors said.
Lipkins pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, credit card fraud and conspiracy to commit credit card fraud.
Dreher was charged with unlawful assault and Schmachtenberger was charged with first-degree robbery.
Washington was sentenced Tuesday to a two to 10 year prison sentence on two counts of malicious wounding.
Prosecutors said in a separate incident, Washington struck MTV producer Oliver Bryce Gipson and threw him through a window. Gipson, who was in town finishing production on the reality TV show Buckwild, sustained serious injuries to his face.
In Wednesday's hearing, Lipkins attorney Tom Price told the court his client didn't have a criminal history.
Asking the court for an alternative sentence, Price said Lipkins had a bright future ahead of him.
"Terrell is someone who has a bright future. He's not a criminal who wakes up every morning thinking, 'How can I further my criminal career?' April 21 was a bad night."