CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A judge suspended the prison sentences of two former University of Charleston basketball players Wednesday for a robbery and beating in downtown Charleston earlier this year and sent them to a program for youth offenders.Robbie Dreher, 22, of Greenville, S.C., and Terrell Lipkins, 22, of Canton, Ohio, were both sent to the Anthony Correctional Center for Youth Offenders.If they don't complete the program, Dreher will spend one to five years in prison for unlawful wounding, and Lipkins, 10 years for first-degree robbery and one count of credit card fraud.Another man, Terry Schmactenberger, 22, of Canton, Ohio, who was in town visiting Lipkins, was sentenced to 10 years for first-degree robbery. He was also sent to the Anthony Center.
The six-month to two-year program at the Anthony Center is designed to rehabilitate young offenders, said assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Fred Giggenbach.
"It actually has an outstanding history of success with inmates who successfully complete their programs," he said. Bloom was clear, however, according to Giggenbach, if they don't complete the program, they'll be sent to prison.In April, Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison were attacked and robbed at about 2:40 a.m. at the intersection of Laidley Street and Virginia Street East. Rude, 58, suffered a fractured wrist and a cut on his scalp in the attack. Morrison, 35, suffered minor injuries.Rude "was in agreement with the state's recommendation that these three were salvageable and should be sent to the Anthony Center," said Giggenbach. "The most violent of the four was sent to prison."On Tuesday, Bloom sentenced another former UC basketball player, Quincy Luther Washington, 22, of Florence, S.C., to 2 to 10 years for malicious wounding. UC dismissed all three players hours after they were arrested.