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Former UMD student admits to punch causing death of fellow student
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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former University of Maryland student admitted to punching a fellow student outside a bar, knocking him to the ground and causing injuries that later lead to his death, the Prince George's County State's Attorney's office announced.

Arasp Biparva pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter Friday after he punched Jack Godfrey once in the head outside the Cornerstone Bar in College Park in March 2013.

After the punch, Godfrey fell backwards and hit his head on the road, knocking him unconscious and causing serious injuries to his brain and skull, prosecutors say.

After seemingly recovering from his injuries, Godfrey suddenly died on November 7, 2014. An autopsy found that Godfrey died from a seizure, head injuries and aseptic meningitis, all stemming from the punch to his head by Biparva.

Biparva faces five years in prison in connection to Godfrey's death when he is sentenced on April 29, 2016.

Biparva also pleaded guilty in 2013 of second-degree assault in connection to the punch. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail suspend all but 10 days and was ordered to pay more than $19,000 in restitution.          

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