Sentence Brings Some Peace to Family of Murdered Businessman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday for what the judge called an “obviously senseless” killing.
The sentence brings some peace to the family of victim David Bledsoe, a well-known Eastside Kansas City businessman.
Bledsoe’s Rentals has been a neighborhood fixture for 70 years. But the family says ever since David Bledsoe was murdered at work it’s been a real struggle to keep the doors open.
They had to cut back on hours and profits have been cut in half, all because it’s just too painful to come to work at the place where Bledsoe lost his life.
But the financial strain is nothing compared to their deep sadness over losing David.
The hearing Monday morning was short. Anthony Britton, 20, didn’t say a word as his mother told the judge her son had never been in any trouble before. Then the judge sentenced Britton to 25 years in prison.
“It wasn’t life but it seems like it’ll be long enough for us to reach our old age, that he can’t get out and hurt anyone,” says Terri Fike, David’s sister.
Britton was found guilty of being the gunman. Fellow defendent Andre Broadus was with him in the store, and he’s scheduled to be sentenced next month.
Britton’s 66 year-old grandfather, George Britton, was convicted of second degree murder in the case. He supplied the gun and the getaway car and he’ll be sentenced Thursday.
When it happened back in May 2011, David’s brother Jeff Bledsoe talked to FOX 4 about witnessing the whole thing, seeing the men burst into the store and order both the men to the ground.
“My brother says ‘you’re not going to shoot anybody’ and that’s when he shot him,” Jeff Bledsoe said. “There was no reason to shoot him, there was no reason, he was just sitting in a chair.”
Jeff Bledsoe was at Mondays sentencing but couldn’t do an interview, because he says it’s too distressing for him to talk about it. His sister Terri Fike says there’s no doubt David’s death impacted the family and his friends and neighbors. She says David was always helping people out, fixing mowers, sharpening chain saws, or fixing up old bikes to give to kids in the neighborhood.
But when Fike looks at the man convicted of killing her brother, she says she’s filled more with sorrow than with anger.
“I think it’s going to take me a long time to forgive him for what he’s done but eventually i’ll reach that point. I’m not there yet,” she says.