KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The man accused of fatally attacking Kyle Van Winkle, 30, of Smithville, Mo., in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium at a Chiefs game in December 2013 entered a plea deal Wednesday.
Joshua T. Bradley pleaded guilty to first-degree involuntary manslaughter for Van Winkle's death.
According to the probable cause, a witness reported returning to his Jeep Cherokee parked at Arrowhead's parking lot and discovered Van Winkle passed out in the passenger seat. The witness told police he attempted to wake Van Winkle and then sent his young son to get help.
"My client Josh Bradley and his friends were tailgating and a little boy runs up screaming, 'Help, help, somebody is robbing my dad.' And so the group went up and found what we later found out to be Kyle Van Winkle had gotten in a car," criminal defense attorney Pat Peters said.
Several people responded and an argument ensued between Van Winkle and the suspect, later identified as Bradley. According to the probable cause, Bradley began to walk away, but something was said "and he turned around and he just started hitting him." Van Winkle fell down and witnesses reported that Bradley continued to hit Van Winkle, punching and kicking him.
"The medical examiner describes it as a very, very rare injury," Peters said. "That the neck was extended and an artery to the brain began to leak."
Bradley was sentenced to seven years with a suspended execution of sentence. He will serve five years of probation.
"Today the state offered probation and because there's risk of a seven-year sentence we agreed to take probation," Peters said.