ITHACA, N.Y. — A man who participated in a fatal robbery last December accepted a plea deal 12 days ago in exchange for possibly testifying on behalf of the prosecution during a murder trial and other pending cases related to the killing of Camden Rundell.

Dennis Lampila pleaded guilty to felony first-degree robbery on Oct. 12. He was originally charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy.

As part of the plea, the prosecution will ask that Lampila be sentenced to five years in prison and 2.5 years of post-release supervision. The plea deal also requires a cooperation agreement.

The agreement states, in part, “Defendant agrees to speak with the District Attorney’s Office and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office regarding events leading up to, at the time of, and after the arrest of defendant and co-defendants referenced in Tompkins County Indictment…specifically related to the robbery and death of Camden Rundell occurring at 221 Burdge Hill Road in the town of Newfield.”

Lampila was prosecuted after he and allegedly four other people conspired to rob Rundell of his marijuana plants early on Dec. 2. Rundell died during the robbery.

Jamie Gerhart, Colleen McColgin, and Roy Clements Jr.  have all also been charged with  second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy in relation to the case. Melissa J. Minnick was charged with felony fourth-degree conspiracy and pleaded guilt to the charge in August.

Prosecutors and police say Roy Clements restrained Rundell in the yard of his home, causing Rundell to die of probably asphyxiation secondary to suffocation. Defense attorneys, however, say Clements has been falsely accused of the crime.

Opening statements in his trial happened Monday and witnesses will continue to be called to the stand all week.

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According to the plea deal, Lampila must answer questions from the district attorney’s office, police and any judicial proceeding truthfully and agree to testify in the murder trial or trials if prosecutors ask him to be a witness. His plea is not contingent on the outcome of a trial and his statements will not be used against him.

Lampila is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.