Jury finds Bradley Young guilty in Kinsley Kinner's death

Posted at 3:21 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 01:32:31-04

HAMILTON, Ohio -- A Butler County jury found Bradley Young guilty in the death of 2-year-old Kinsley Kinner.

Young was found guilty on charges including murder, two counts of endangering children and involuntary manslaughter after more than five hours of deliberations Tuesday. A poll of the jurors showed that the verdict was unanimous.

Judge Keith Spaeth sentenced Young to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Young will get credit for 308 days he has already served.

Frank Schiavone III, Young's defense attorney, asked the judge for a lenient sentence, calling Young "hard-working" and saying he had no previous criminal record.

However, two of Kinsley's grandmothers who spoke during the hearing expressed no pity for Young.

"He deserves what he gets," Kinsley's grandmother, Nina Kinner, said. "I don't feel sorry for Brad."


Young had been in a relationship with Kinsley's mother, Rebekah Kinner. Prosecutors said Kinsley had been beaten and shaken to death in December 2015.

Rebekah Kinner was ultimately found incompetent to testify, but before that she had said that Young abused Kinsley.

She's already serving an 11-year sentence after pleading guilty in Kinsley's death earlier this year.

Rebekah Kinner's mother, Tonya Traufler, who did not attend the trial, said Tuesday night that the verdict in Young's trial brought her "relief," but that it did not assuage the pain she felt at the loss of her granddaughter.

"(Rebekah) will never ever make me understand why she never did anything to help Kinsley and why she’s in a grave instead of walking and being a little girl," she said. "She is in a better place, though she shouldn’t have been put there so young."

Young's attorneys said they plan to file an appeal.

"To say that we are surprised is an understatement," said defense attorney Frank Schiavone III.