Judge accepts misdemeanor plea deal in Tumpkin assault case

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FILE – In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, former Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre, left, has heated words with former assistant coach Joe Tumpkin during an NCAA college football game against Oregon, in Boulder. A judge accepted a proposed misdemeanor plea deal in the domestic violence case against Tumpkin on Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

BOULDER | A judge has accepted a proposed misdemeanor plea deal in the domestic violence case involving a 47-year-old former University of Colorado assistant football coach.

Joe Tumpkin was charged with five counts of second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree assault involving Tumpkin’s ex-girlfriend, Pamela Fine. But prosecutors have offered him plea agreement in which Tumpkin would plead guilty to one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Fine objected to the plea deal, which doesn’t include any sentencing stipulations.

The Daily Camera reports that Judge Michael Goodbee on Friday concluded that the plea agreement was “reasonable,” noting that Tumpkin had no prior convictions.

Tumpkin’s attorneys declined to comment. Fine issued a statement Tuesday saying she’s hopeful evidence she will present to the court will be taken into account during sentencing.