A woman charged with murder in September 2019 received an active prison sentence of 6½ to nine years after she pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in Wilkes Superior Court the first week of November.

Tabatha Renee Triplett, 40, of Morganton was sentenced in the death of John Paul Robinson on Sept. 25, 2019, at Robinson’s residence on Conley Shumaker Road in the Champion community. Robinson was 47 when he died.

Judge Steve R. Warren found Triplett guilty of voluntary manslaughter after she pleaded no contest to that offense.

When Warren pronounced the sentence, he gave Triplett credit for 405 days she was incarcerated since the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office arrested her the day the incident in which Robinson died occurred.

The incident involved a domestic situation in which Triplett struck Robinson multiple times with a blunt object outside his mobile home prior to his death, said David Carson, then Wilkes Sheriff’s Office chief deputy. Carson has since retired.

Carson said emergency medical and sheriff’s office personnel went to the residence as a result of Triplett calling 911. They found Robinson deceased in the mobile home, and Triplett also was there.

Det. Nancy Graybeal of the sheriff’s office reported that at about 3:26 p.m. the day of Robinson’s death, the Wilkes Communications Center received a call from a woman stating she had beaten a man with a ball bat and that she thought he was dead.

Carson said Triplett and Robinson were boyfriend and girlfriend and that Triplett had been staying with Robinson at his mobile home. He said Robinson was disabled and Triplett was retired. No one else was living at the mobile home but Robinson and Triplett at the time of the fatal incident, added Carson.

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