VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A 30-year-old man will spend the next two decades behind bars for stabbing three people in 2012, killing one of them.
Last year, a jury found Joshua Daniel Campbell guilty of voluntary manslaughter, malicious wounding and unlawful wounding in connection to the May 5, 2012 incident. The jury suggested a sentence of 21 years, which the judge imposed Wednesday, Kristina Hopkins with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said.
On May 5, 2012, Campbell was at a party with his girlfriend when the two got into a fight. Campbell struck his girlfriend in the head, and she called a friend to come talk to her. Hopkins said Campbell yelled at the friend and threw a liquor drink in his girlfriend’s face.
At some point, three males and two females came out into the parking lot to attempt to help Campbell’s girlfriend. Campbell got out of a car with knife and began to fight with one of the men. The other two men jumped in to help their friend.
Campbell stabbed all three during the fight and then fled in the car with his girlfriend driving. Joseph Brinkos, 22, died at the scene after being stabbed twice in the chest. The other victims’ stab wounds were not life-threatening.
Campbell went to a local hospital for treatment of cuts and abrasions. He told police he was involved in the fight, but said he was acting in self-defense.
Hopkins said Campbell has previous convictions for assault and battery of a family member, possession of a schedule I/schedule II substance, DUI and failure to appear.