Lebanon PA March 24 2017 Calling the case equally sad and troubling, a Lebanon County judge on Wednesday sentenced two men from York to spend the rest of their lives in state prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of a bouncer at a Lebanon bar in September 2015.
Richard W. Kinnard II and Jared D. Jones, both 26, were sentenced by Judge Bradford H. Charles for the Sept. 19, 2015, shooting death of Corey Bryan at Vinny’s Goodtimes bar, which was located at 700 Reinoehl St. Adelis Ramos, a patron at the bar, was struck in the hip by a bullet that passed through Bryan’s body.
The 31-year-old Bryan, the father of three children who had worked at the bar for only a short period of time, was shot three times in the abdomen. He died after he was taken to Hershey Medical Center.
Kinnard and Jones were found guilty of first- and third-degree murder, plus aggravated assault, flight to avoid apprehension and prosecution and conspiracy, after a six-day trial in February before Charles. Kinnard was also convicted of discharging a firearm in an occupied building, recklessly endangering another person, possession of a firearm prohibited and receiving stolen property. Kinnard has a criminal record in Lancaster County that includes aggravated assault, which prohibits him from possessing a firearm.
Bryan’s mother, Kim Bryan, said her oldest son was only trying to do his job that night.
“He ended up losing his life,” she told Charles before Kinnard and Jones were sentenced.
Bryan’s wife, Sherone Bryan, said her children, ages 8,7 and 3, have had a hard time dealing with their father’s death.
“They have a lot to deal with,” she told the judge. She said her oldest child wants to be with his father.
The judge said the case was sad because of how it happened.
“Here you have a good man, a good hardworking salt-of-the-earth man, killed by two evil doers,” Charles said.
While Kinnard and Jones were inside the crowded bar the night of the shooting, they got into an argument, which the judge said was probably fueled by alcohol and drugs. According to testimony at the trial, Kinnard and Jones had ingested the drug Ecstasy before they made their way to Lebanon from York and were drinking at Vinny’s. They got into a dispute with Bryan because of one of them took a bottle onto the dance floor, which was not permitted at the bar, according to a police affidavit.
The two men perceived that Bryan had disrespected them, Charles said.
“Mr. Jones and Mr. Kinnard, you have done nothing in your lives to earn respect,” the judge said.
Their anger percolated during the night, Charles said. As they left the bar at closing, Jones turned around, yelled at Bryan and slammed the door, the judge said. Several minutes passed before Kinnard returned to the bar, time the two men could have used to cool off, Charles said. Instead, they went to their car, retrieved a gun and made sure the car was ready to make a getaway, the judge said.
Then, the gun was taken to a door of the bar and fired multiple times, hitting Bryan, Charles said.
The judge said he was also troubled that even though the bar was crowded that night, only one person provided assistance to Bryan after he was shot. The rest of the patrons turned and ran, some of them pausing long enough to finish their drinks before they fled to the parking lot, he said.
No one came forward to the police during the investigation, Charles said. The judge said he is certain someone saw Kinnard shoot Bryan.
Kinnard and Jones expected that no one would come forward and help the police, Charles said.
What led police to the two men was the car they were riding in crashed a short distance from the bar, he said. If that had not happened, the judge said he was not sure the case would have been solved. He said he believed it was “divine intervention” that their car crashed.
In addition to the life sentence for first-degree murder, Kinnard was sentenced to an additional 10 ½ to 27 years for an aggravated assault charged involving Ramos, possession of a firearm prohibited and discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure. He was also ordered to pay fines totaling $900. Jones was sentenced to an additional 3 ½ to 15 years for aggravated assault and flight to avoid apprehension and prosecution. Jones was fined $400. In addition, both men were ordered to pay restitution of $308.
Nichole Eisenhart, first assistant district attorney, said she did not have too much good to say about Kinnard and Jones. Both had little or no work experience.
“They took the life of a production citizen over a perceived slight,” the prosecutor said.
After the shooting, they went on the run to avoid facing the consequences of their actions, Eisenhart said. Months after the shooting, Kinnard was arrested in Tucson and Jones was taken into custody in Hershey.
Eisenhart praised the work of local police and law enforcement across the country for tracking down the two men.
Neither Kinnard nor Jones had anything to say before they were sentenced.
“Mr. Jones still maintains he wasn’t involved in this incident,” said Ian Ehrgood, Jones’ defense attorney.