Wichita man pleads guilty to robbery that caused death of elderly man

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WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita man has pleaded guilty in connection to an armed robbery that led to the death of an elderly man.

Thursday, 27-year-old David L. White pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated robbery in a series of crimes that occurred on March 25, 2013.

On that day last year, White confronted 73-year-old Byron Shipman in the parking lot of a southwest Wichita apartment complex. White robbed Shipman at gunpoint of his wallet and two rings.

After the robbery, Shipman was interviewed by officers and went home. That night, Shipman told his wife that he was upset by the robbery, and worried the robber would come to his house. An hour later, he told his wife he didn't feel well, then she later called 911 when he became unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at his home around 2:15 a.m. on March 26, about six hours after the robbery.

The medical examiner concluded he died of an aneurism caused by the stress of being robbed at gunpoint.

The same day as that robbery, White robbed another man who was heading to work in the 2500 block of East Lincoln. At gunpoint, White took the 38-year-old victim's ID and cash. The victim was able to give police a partial license plate number of the robber's car, and that ultimately led to White's arrest.

Sentencing has been scheduled for June 19. The plea agreement allows the District Attorney to ask for 29 years and 2 months in prison, but White is free to ask the judge for a lesser sentence.

Byron Shipman

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