Plea deal rejected for man accused in Overland Park teen’s death, sentenced to 20 years
JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. (KCTV) - The man accused of killing an 18-year-old in a 2018 car crash will serve 20 years in jail.
A judge ruled Tuesday afternoon that Bradley Woodworth will serve consecutive sentences for two second-degree murder charges. Originally, prosecutors had reached a plea deal with Woodworth where he would serve the sentences concurrently.
Now, they will be back-to-back after the judge threw out the plea agreement.
Woodworth was charged in the crash that killed 18-year-old Matthew Bloskey in October 2018. Woodworth was street racing with another car when he hit that car and caused it to hit Bloskey’s car. Woodworth fled the scene.
Bloskey’s family was critical of a plea deal that would give his killer a deal that eliminates a charge and runs the two second-degree murder charges concurrent instead of consecutively. The deal meant Bradley Woodworth would spend closer to 10 years in prison instead of 20 years.
“This defendant sentenced my son to death. We had no say in our sentence or the ability to argue for ‘mitigating factors’,” argued Jeff Bloskey. “We are sentenced to a life without a son.”
Woodworth’s attorney argues his client has shown remorse and has no prior criminal record. He has accepted responsibility in the plea deal. They are asking a judge for a “downward durational departure” meaning even less time than the 10-year deal. Police eventually identified the driver of the Odyssey as Bradley Woodworth, now 49 years old. He was charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash and two counts of second-degree murder.
New details about the crash
Overland Park Police revealed details about the crash. That Woodworth, a 45-year-old husband and father was drag racing in the middle of the day along a busy street. He reached speeds up to 100 mph.
The two racing cars swerved to avoid a car on their side of the road and crashed into oncoming traffic. One officer estimated Matthew had 0.38 seconds to react. At least one car caught fire. Matthew and the other racing driver died at the scene.
Bradly Woodworth kept driving and never circled back to help.
The officer explained how he blocked Matthew’s parents from the wreckage because it was so gruesome. They had pinged Matthew’s phones and showed up at the crash.
It’s important to note two people died that day. Sam Siebuhr was 20 years old.
Woodworth clipped Sam’s car while they were speeding. It sent Sam’s car into oncoming traffic.
Sam’s family reached out to KCTV5 saying they are grateful for the outcome and point out it’s taken 4 years for a resolution in the case.
Testimony expected to last all day
Matthew’s parents testified how they struggled to function and even live following Matthew’s death.
Numerous family members directly spoke to the defendant in court.
“What were you thinking?” asked Matthew’s uncle.
“Life without you is unimaginable,” said Matthew’s mom, Sally Bloskey.
The hearing is expected to last all day.
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