Former UMD student receives suspended sentence in manslaughter case

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UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced today that former University of Maryland student, Arasp Biparva, was given a suspended sentence of six years and three years of probation after pleading guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Jack Godfrey stemming from an incident in March of 2013. Biparva punched Godfrey, causing him to fall and strike his head on the ground. The state had asked for six years of executed time.

“There are no winners in this case,” Alsobrooks said. “No sentence can bring Mr. Godfrey back to his family and Mr. Biparva will have to live with his actions for the rest of his life.

The incident took place on March 27, 2013. The two students were outside of Cornerstone Bar in College Park when Biparva punched Godfrey, who fell backwards and hit his head on the roadway. The fall caused serious injuries to Godfrey’s skull and brain.

While it had appeared that Godfrey had mostly recovered from his injuries and had returned to school, he died suddenly on November 7, 2014. An autopsy revealed that Godfrey died from a seizure, head injuries and aseptic meningitis, all of which were caused by the incident in March of 2013.

On October 9, 2013 Biparva pled guilty to 2nd degree assault. If Biparva violates his parole, he will be subject to his suspended time.