Guilty plea in 2013 beating death of Chiefs fan in Arrowhead Stadium parking lot

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After a game between the Chiefs and Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on December 1, 2013, a Chiefs fan named Kyle Van Winkle died in the parking lot of blunt force trauma to his head and neck following an altercation with another man who was at the game.

Joshua T. Bradley was accused of knocking Van Winkle to the ground, hitting him after he was down and then leaving the scene while others flagged down help for Van Winkle. Bradley was charged with involuntary manslaughter in 2014 and the Kansas City Star reports he pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

According to court records, Van Winkle left the game before the rest of his group and fell asleep in a green Jeep that was similar to one used by that group on their way to the game. When the owner returned, he attempted to wake Van Winkle and solicited help from others in the parking lot. Bradley was one of those who arrived and “an argument ensued” between the two men and ended with Van Winkle losing his life.

Jackson County Judge Kevin D. Harrell sentenced Bradley to seven years in prison. The sentence has been suspended, however, and Bradley will be on probation for the next five years.

15 responses to “Guilty plea in 2013 beating death of Chiefs fan in Arrowhead Stadium parking lot

  1. So he gets sentenced to prison for seven years but they suspended the sentence and he only gets five years of probation? Why is it the justice system protects loser punks like that so all of us have to fear for our lives?

  2. The victim was wasted and sleeping in somebody else’s car who he did not know. The ultimate attacker was attempting to get the guy out of the owner’s car when the victim refused to get out (because he thought it was the Jeep he came in), and became belligerent, which led to the physical confrontation that ultimately resulted in his death (not a gunshot or a stabbing, but just a fist fight that ended badly). All I’m getting at is that you should consider all of the facts of the case before just immediately complaining about the lenient probation penalty, as this was in fact merely involuntary manslaughter, not murder.

  3. He should have carried a gun to defend himself.
    In fact, both of them should have had guns.

  4. The “textbook” varies from state to state, I’m sure, but Bradley hit Van Winkle repeatedly without, we hope, an intent to seriously injure, let alone kill. That’s voluntary manslaughter here & I think in most places. As for the sentence, it’s a mystery to me from the description. We don’t know what might have been left out.

  5. Van Winkle was beyond drunk. Can’t believe his “friends” let him go to the bathroom by himself.
    Drunk man gets in the wrong vehicle and refuses to get out. Why weren’t the authorities called? Just let the police take him out of your car.

    It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.

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