Former University of Colorado assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin pleaded guilty today in his domestic violence case, finalizing a deal that had been the subject of months of back-and-forth between attorneys and the named victim in the case.
Tumpkin pleaded guilty Friday in Broomfield to one count of misdemeanor third-degree assault. The charge includes the dates from Feb. 27, 2015, through Nov. 20, 2016, and acknowledges domestic violence.
In exchange for the plea to the new count, prosecutors dropped the original eight counts of assault, including five counts of felony second-degree assault.
Tumpkin, who is free on bond, is now set for a sentencing hearing April 25, and will undergo a pre-sentence investigation and domestic violence evaluation.
There are no stipulations on the sentence as part of the plea deal, which means Tumpkin could face possible jail time.
Tumpkin did not make any additional statements to Judge Michael Goodbee after the conditions of the plea were read and Goodbee accepted the plea deal.
Goodbee had already previously indicated he would accept the plea offer after initially requesting the attorneys in the case spell out their reasons for the deal due to objections from the named victim in the case, Tumpkin's ex-girlfriend Pam Fine.
The defense filed a motion questioning the strength of the case based on Fine's credibility and possible motives for reporting the case. While the prosecution filed its response under seal, Fine's response to the motion indicated they had similar concerns over the case.
Fine, who was not at Friday's hearing, is planning on speaking at the sentencing.
"I am very disappointed and disheartened that this plea deal has been conditionally accepted," Fine said in a statement Friday. "It is difficult to understand how five felonious assaults were committed against me, but today my abuser was given just one misdemeanor. I have been vocal when I would have rather been silent so that the women who will inevitably and unfortunately be assaulted after me, would travel an easier path."
According to an arrest affidavit, Fine told police Tumpkin assaulted her more than 100 times between February 2015 and November 2016 while they were dating.
Tumpkin was forced to resign from CU after the allegations became public.