Dante Vinci is sentenced to life in prison, and 8 to 20 years for use of a deadly weapon, following the January murder of Bully’s bartender Kevin O’Connell. He won’t even have the opportunity to seek parole for at least 18 years. Vinci was sentenced Friday in a Washoe County district court.
The victim's mother was one of several family members who told the judge how their life had changed since the Kevin O’Connell was killed in a fight outside a bar where he was working. O’Connell’s wife, son, and-brother-in law also gave emotional testimony and urged the judge to sentence Vinci to the maximum. Despite the desire for punishment under the law, the family also offered compassion. The victim’s son told Vinci he had forgiven him for the crimes committed against his family. He also encouraged Vinci to find God and his own forgiveness.
Before handing down the sentence Judge Jerome Polaha saw cell phone video of the actual attack. Kevin O’Connell could be heard clearly as he called out “you stabbed me.” Polaha expressed concern that Vinci had been in trouble with the courts twice before for road-rage incidents, and hoped that he could fully understand the far reaching effects of his actions.