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8/8/2014

By Amy Renee Leiker

By Amy Renee Leiker

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) A Wichita man was sentenced Thursday to 24 years plus one month in prison for the death of a elderly man who had a fatal aneurism hours after being robbed at gunpoint, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said.

A judge imposed the 289-month term on 27-year-old David L. White, who pleaded in May to one count of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated robbery to avoid the possibility of a first-degree murder conviction at trial.

White was originally charged only with aggravated robbery for the armed hold-up of 73-year-old Byron Shipman on March 25, 2013. But prosecutors later upped one of the charges to first-degree murder after a pathologist wrote in Shipman's autopsy report that "the emotional stress associated with the robbery precipitated the rupture" of his aneurism.

Shipman died at home less than six hours after he was robbed of his wallet and two rings in the 800 block of West 26th Street South. He had complained to his wife of stomach pains and asked to go to the emergency room shortly before he died, authorities have said.

Shipman is one of several people White was accused of robbing on March 24 and March 25.

Bennett said Thursday by e-mail that additional evidence brought to his attention by an assistant district attorney led to a follow-up investigation in the case and eventually to White's amended charges.

"The sentence today is the result of a great deal of initial hard work and attention by" the Wichita Police Department, the D.A. office's investigative unit and prosecutors assigned to the case, Bennett said.

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