Tucker Cipriano pleads no contest in father's beating death to avoid trial

(WXYZ) - In a court hearing Monday afternoon, Tucker Cipriano pleaded no contest to felony murder in his father's beating death in order to avoid trial.

Under the terms, Cipriano would spend the rest of his life in prison without the chance for parole.

The prosecution and judge accepted the plea in Oakland County Circuit Court. His sentencing is scheduled for July 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Tucker and friend Mitchell Young were both set for trial in the beating death of Tucker's dad, Bob Cipriano and critically beating his mother Rosemary and younger brother Salvatore in April of 2012 in their Farmington Hills home. 

Both confessed. 

Last month, Rosemary Cipriano wrote an emotional letter to Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper asking her to plead both cases so that her family could avoid the pain of a trial and reliving their horror.  Rose also asked that if the trial goes on that she, her son Tanner and 9-year-old daughter Isabella not be required to testify. 

Sources say Tucker's family has been speaking with him daily on the phone.

Mitchell Young's jury is set and opening statements will be on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Young also faces First Degree Murder and attempted murder charges. 

A trial in his case could go two to three weeks. The Cipriano family could be called as witnesses in the Young trial.


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